David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author, and Guggenheim Fellow who holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and is the Founder and Director of Baylor College of Medicine’s Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. Eagleman has written several neuroscience books, including Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (2012), Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia (2009), and the upcoming Live-Wired: How the Brain Rewrites its own Circuitry. He has also written an internationally bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum (2010), which has been translated into 27 languages and was named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble, New Scientist, and the Chicago Tribune. He has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist, appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature, and has been profiled in The New Yorker.
Most of the actions our brains perform on a daily basis – such as perceiving, speaking, and driving a car – require timing on the scale of tens to hundreds of milliseconds. New discoveries in neuroscience are contributing to an emerging picture of how the brain processes, learns, and perceives time. David Eagleman will demonstrate new temporal illusions in which durations dilate, perceived order of actions and events are reversed, and time is experienced in slow motion. Questions addressed include: Does your brain work in real time, or do you experience a delayed version of the world? How and why does the brain recalibrate its timing judgments? Does subjective time really slow down during a car accident?