Tales from Both Sides of the Brain

Tales from Both Sides of the Brain


Michael S. Gazzaniga, "the father of cognitive neuroscience," gives us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at his seminal work on the enigmatic coupling of the right and left brain

In the mid-twentieth century, Michael S. Gazzaniga made one of the great discoveries in the history of neuroscience: split-brain theory, the notion that the right and left hemispheres of the brain can act independently from each other and have different strengths.

In Tales from Both Sides of the Brain, Gazzaniga tells the story of his passionate, entrepreneurial life in science and his decades-long journey to understand how the separate spheres of our brains communicate and miscommunicate their separate agendas. From his time as an ambitious undergraduate at Dartmouth, as a member of its now famed "Animal House" fraternity, and his life as a diligent graduate student in California to the first experiments he conducted in his own lab; from meeting his first split-brain patients to his collaboration with esteemed intellectuals across disciplines, Gazzaniga recounts the trajectory of his discoveries. In his engaging and accessible style, he paints a vivid portrait not only of his discovery of split-brain theory, but also of his comrades in arms—the many patients, friends, and family members who have accompanied him on this wild ride of intellectual discovery.

By turns humorous and moving, Tales from Both Sides of the Brain uses an extraordinary discovery about the nature of human consciousness to tell an enthralling story of how science gets done.

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  • 001 Tales From Both Sides of the Brain
    Duration: 14s
  • 002 Foreword
    Duration: 06min
  • 003 Preface
    Duration: 03min
  • 004 Chapter 1
    Duration: 58min
  • 005 Chapter 2a
    Duration: 39min
  • 006 Chapter 2b
    Duration: 41min
  • 007 Chapter 3
    Duration: 01h06min
  • 008 Chapter 4a
    Duration: 44min
  • 009 Chapter 4b
    Duration: 37min
  • 010 Chapter 5a
    Duration: 41min
  • 011 Chapter 5b
    Duration: 43min
  • 012 Chapter 6a
    Duration: 44min
  • 013 Chapter 6b
    Duration: 48min
  • 014 Chapter 7
    Duration: 01h06min
  • 015 Chapter 8
    Duration: 01h18min
  • 016 Chapter 9
    Duration: 58min
  • 017 Epilogue
    Duration: 06min
  • 018 Appendix I
    Duration: 13min
  • 019 Appendix II
    Duration: 21min
  • 020 Credits
    Duration: 31s
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