R. Douglas Fields

Exploring New Frontiers in Neuroscience

R. Douglas Fields

Talk: Exploring New Frontiers in Neuroscience

Dr. R. Douglas Fields walks us through some of his fascinating discoveries in neuroscience. In the first part of his talk, he describes the research identifying neural circuits responsible for sudden aggression - from road rage to violence that fills the daily news. In the second part (starting at 28:54), he presents the roles and functioning of glia - strange brain cells that communicate without electricity. Glia comprise 85% of all cells in the brain and play very important roles, yet they were largely overlooked until recently.

R. Douglas Fields

Dr. Fields is a neurobiologist, internationally recognized as authority on brain development and cellular mechanisms of memory. He is the author of books "Why We Snap" and "The Other Brain". He is currently Chief of the Nervous System Development and Plasticity Section at the National Institutes of Health, and Adjunct Professor in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program at the University of Maryland.

Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain

We all wish to believe that we are in control of our actions, but the fact is, in certain circumstances we are not. The right trigger in the right circumstance can cause almost anyone to snap. Dr. Fields has spent years trying to understand the biological basis of rage. He shows that it is the result of the clash between our evolutionary hardwiring and triggers in our contemporary world.

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