ELSC Seminar: May 14th, 2019

ELSC cordially invites you to the lecture given by:


Prof. Suzana Herculano-Houzel

Vanderbilt University


On the topic of:

“Whatever works: the many ways to build a brain”



One usual way to think about the brain is that if it evolved through natural selection, then it must be optimized for whatever it is that it does. That expectation went along nicely with another one: that all brains are made in very much the same way, just scaled-up or scaled-down versions of the same basic plan. However, a growing body of data show that there is much more diversity than once thought in how brains of warm-blooded animals are built. While physical constraints do exist, and explain brain features such as cortical folding, the wide biological diversity in the rules that underlie brain composition and scaling point to a much more permissive side of evolution: that whatever is good enough may get to live on.