Daniel Reisel searches for the psychological and physical roots of human morality.

Why you should listen

Daniel Reisel grew up in Norway but settled in the UK in 1995. He works as a hospital doctor and as a research fellow in epigenetics at University College London. He completed his PhD in Neuroscience in 2005, investigating how learning rewires the brain. Since then, his research has been concerned with the effect of life events on gene function. Daniel is currently training to become an accredited restorative justice facilitator with the UK Restorative Justice Council.

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“An important contribution to how crime should be tackled.” — Simon Fried on TED.com

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In conversation

Can prison be a place of redemption?

June 23, 2014

In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man, and spent 19 years in prison for his crime. He talks with neuroscientist Daniel Reisel about the challenge of rehabilitating in prison -- and why it's so important to restore people to society.

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Wait. What? We can rewire our sense of morality?

May 9, 2014

Ok, not exactly. But the possibility has been floated by some scientists investigating neurogenesis, the idea that new neurons are generated in the human brain throughout life. Daniel Reisel explores the impact this new understanding might have on things like our criminal justice system in a new book, "Rewiring Our Reality."

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Training the brains of psychopaths: Daniel Reisel at TED2013

March 1, 2013

  Daniel Reisel is here to talk about our brains. In particular, how we might change them–and how this kind of thinking might just change the tenor of society as a whole. He introduces us to Joe, who’s 32, and a murderer. Reisel met Joe in Wormwood Scrubs, a high-security prison that houses England’s most […]

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