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The New Brain Science: How Brainwave Research Is Shaping the Future
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.
What is as unique as your fingerprints and more revealing than your diary? Your brainwaves.
Analyzing brainwaves has been possible for nearly a century, but neuroscientists are now widening their awareness of the wealth of information brainwaves can hold about who we are—and that information’s power.
Neuroscientist R. Douglas Fields examines the current frontiers of the new brain science and what its research means for medicine, technology, and our understanding of ourselves. He explores how information drawn from brainwaves has the potential to reveal hidden signifiers of mental illness and neurological disorders; the role brainwaves can play in improving cognitive performance and health; and how they can be used to control devices from prosthetic limbs to fighter drones. He also looks ahead to the possibilities that future developments in brainwave research may open.
Fields is an adjunct professor in the neuroscience and cognitive science program at the University of Maryland, College Park.
His book Electric Brain (BenBella Books) is available for sale and signing.
Listen to Dr. Douglas Fields’ interview on the Not Old Better podcast with host Paul Vogelzang.
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