40 neuroscientists walk into a bar
David Linden, a Professor of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, enjoys the type of relaxed and high level conversation that arises when scientists gather around some beverages at a bar. In this environment, he likes to ask his colleagues “What idea about brain function would you most like to explain to the world?”. In a new book, titled "Think Tank: Forty Neuroscientists Explore the Biological Roots of Human Experience", he invites leading neuroscientists, including Carney Institute faculty member and Co-Director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Cells and Circuits Julie Kauer, to answer that question in the form of a short essay. Professor Kauer's essay is titled "Life Experiences and Addictive Drugs Change Your Brain in Similar Ways". Linden suggests that the book is ideally suited "to accompany a seminar-style course for first year graduate students, undergraduates or even bright high-schoolers."