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Measuring Consciousness

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Friday, May 31, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Lipton Hall - D'Agostino Hall

Philosophers remain puzzled over the meaning of consciousness, but now scientists are asking another question: How do you measure it? In this salon, we reveal the techniques and technologies that scientists are developing to peer inside the human brain and eavesdrop on neurons.

The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premiere public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty and well-informed members of the general public.


  • Carl Zimmer

    Award-winning science writer Carl Zimmer explores the frontiers of biology in his writing. His work appears regularly in The New York Times and many magazines, and he is the author of twelve books, including A Planet of Viruses. More »


  • Heather Berlin

    Neuroscientist Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and assistant professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She explores the complex interactions of the human brain and mind with the goal of contributing to improved treatment and prevention of impulsive and compulsive psychiatric disorders. More »
  • Mélanie Boly

    Neurologist Melanie Boly is a neurologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research and at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She conducts research investigating the neural correlates of decreased consciousness during vegetative state, anesthesia, and sleep using functional neuroimaging techniques. More »
  • Christof Koch

    Neuroscientist Born in the American Midwest, Christof Koch grew up in Holland, Germany, Canada, and Morocco. He studied physics and philosophy at the University of Tübingen in Germany and was awarded his Ph.D. in biophysics in 1982. More »
  • Gary Marcus

    Psychologist Gary Marcus studies evolution, language, and cognitive development at New York University, where he is professor of psychology and director of the NYU Center for Child Language. Marcus received his Ph.D. from MIT at the age of 23. More »
  • Rafael Yuste

    Neuroscientist Rafael Yuste is professor of biological sciences and neuroscience at Columbia University. Yuste has pioneered the application of optical imaging techniques to study the structure and function of the cerebral cortex. More »