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Steven Pinker on ‘The Human Brain’


The Human Brain

Professor Steven Pinker gives a lecture to NCH students on The Human Brain. He begins with an explanation of “The Astonishing Hypothesis” by Francis Crick, which states that every movement, thought or other experience is enacted by the cells of the brain. Professor Pinker goes on to discuss synapses, the concept of “mass action”, sensory and motor actions and the different sections of the brain that are used for different functions.

In the second half of the lecture, Professor Pinker goes on to discuss the visual system and how the visual cortex registers images in the brain when we “see” things, as well as the distinction between our ventral and dorsal systems integrate to form our vision. Finally, the topic of brain damage is covered.