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How Memories Get Made

Moderated by Larry Swanson
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Episode Summary
The world-renowned neuroscientist Gary Lynch, subject of McDermott's new book, discusses his decades-long obsessive pursuit to uncover the mechanism by which the brain makes memories.

Participant(s) Bio
Terry McDermott is a former national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the author of Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers-Who They Were, Why They Did It. He lives in Los Angeles.

Gary Lynch is one of the most cited neuroscientists in the world and author of more than 550 scientific articles. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at Irvine. He is the co-author of Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence.

Dr. Larry Swanson is Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences and a member of the Neuroscience Research Institute at USC, where he directs a laboratory investigating brain systems that control motivation and emotion. His recent book Brain Architecture: Understanding the Basic Plan presents a new theory of nervous system organization, and his atlas Brain Maps is in its third edition. He and his wife, Neely, have translated three classic works of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934), the Nobel Prize-winning founder of modern neuroscience, including his 2,000-page masterpiece Histology of the Nervous System and Advice to a Young Investigator. Dr. Swanson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.