Neuroscience is the study of the brain and nervous system. The simplicity of that true and very mechanical definition belies the ongoing work to uncover the seat of human behavior, consciousness, and memory: what exactly is the connection between our neurons and our thoughts; our glands and our feelings; our cells and our dreams? Neuroscientists strive to unlock these connections and provide answers to our questions about our purpose, perception, and connection to the world around us and each other.
With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls “musical misalignments.
Rick Hanson explains how we can use our minds to change our brains to change our minds for the better. This video was taken at the Greater Good Science Center in UC Berkeley as part of the Science of a Meaningful Life Series.