Composer Nicholas Britell says he wants his scores to help people lose themselves in films. He's scored the films 'If Beale Street Could Talk,' 'Moonlight,' and 'Vice.' Before becoming a composer Britell wanted to be a classical concert pianist, and he studied the neuropsychology of music at Harvard.
The quest to understand what makes us us has long been one of humankind's great pursuits. Neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga has made progress: He's the author of Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique.
He's the author of the new book, Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life. He writes the monthly "Emerging Technology" column for Discover and is contributing editor at Wired. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The New Yorker, Harper's, and The Guardian. Johnson is also the author of Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, which was named as a finalist for the 2002 Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Gazzaniga is a pioneer in the study of brain-mind relations His new book "The Mind's Past" (University of California Press) is about how our brain and mind construct the past. Gazzaniga is a professor and Director of the Program in cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth College.