Brains and minds are the products of both evolution and development. Whilst evolution selects, self-organisatio, in the development processes is essential in order that evolutionary change can give rise to successful new forms. The approach in in brain science that looks at how evolution and development operate together is know as evo-devo. In these featured lectures Terrence Deacon explains how biology build complex organisms through the combination of evolutionary and developmental processes, Bryan Kolb talks about neural plasticity during brian development, and Leah Krubitzer reviews the evo-devo of mammalian cortex.

Featured Lectures

Leah KubitzerLeah Krubitzer (2014)

Multidisciplinary approaches to brain evolution and development

Brian KolbBrian Kolb (2015)

Plasticity in the developing brain

Terence DeaconTerence W. Deacon (2012)

EvoDevo and brain function: how biology achieves hirarchic complexity

Other Lectures

Robust plastic and scalable developmental organizing principles of the vertebrate brain

The evolution of the large, complex human brain

Time traveling to find a brain

The developmental neuromechanics and evolution of vocal cooperation

Bridging biology and computation in the service of understanding how language evolved

Will we ever reverse-engineer animal cognition?

Good and bad odors: correlates of valence in the Drosophilia olfactory system

In-silico models of stem cell and developmental systems

Evolution and regulation of neural precusor cells in the developing vertebrate brain

Evolution and analysis of brain-body-environment systems

Coding olfaction

Cortical plasticity throughout adulthood: implications on the evolution of the nervous system at the 'nanosecond' scale

Cortical plasticity within and across lifetimes

Dealing with the Evo-Devo dilemma

Evolution and tinkering in olfactory systems

The modular nervous system: from intrinsic function of microcircuits to the control of action

Evolution of the human brain

Evolution of cerebral cortical development