Suzana Herculano-Houzel

Professor Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Vanderbilt University, USA

What good are more cortical neurons? Live longer and do more!

8:30 - 9:30‚Äč, Wednesday 17th April - The CCD Auditorium


Suzana Herculano-Houzel's main field of work is comparative neuroanatomy; her findings include a method of counting of neurons of human and other animals' brains and the relation between the cerebral cortex area and thickness and number of cortical folds.

Suzana is interested in comparative neuroanatomy, cellular composition of brains, brain morphology, brain evolution, metabolic cost of body and brain, sleep requirement across species, feeding time, and really interested in how all of these are tied together.

Suzana writes about neuroscience and science in general for the public; recently published The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable (MIT Press, 2016) and has given a TED talk on how the human brain compares to others and how it came to have the largest number of cortical neurons of any brain. This can be seen on Suzana's website (below). 

See Suzana Herculano-Houzel's website

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