Suzana Herculano-Houzel

What is so special about the human brain?

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Filmed Jan 2013 at TEDGlobal 2013
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The human brain is puzzling — it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why? Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel puts on her detective's cap and leads us through this mystery. By making "brain soup," she arrives at a startling conclusion.

Suzana Herculano-Houzel
/ Neuroscientist

Suzana Herculano-Houzel shrunk the human brain by 14 billion neurons — by developing a new way to count them.  Full bio.

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