‘Brainwashed’ Examines the Value of Brain Scans

29:35 minutes

In the new book Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, co-authors Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld examine the science behind some recent brain imaging research. Satel joins host Ira Flatow and other guests for a look at what brain scans can—and cannot—tell us about human behavior and how the mind works.

Segment Guests

Sally Satel

Sally Satel is a practicing psychiatrist and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

Gary Marcus

Gary Marcus is a psychology professor, director of the NYU Center for Language and Music, and author of Guitar Zero in New York, New York.

David Eagleman

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action as well as the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law.

Russell A. Poldrack

Russell A. Poldrack is director of the Imaging Research Center and professor of psychology and neurobiology at the University of Texas, Austin in Austin, Texas.

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Read an excerpt from Brainwashed.

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