Neuroscientists follow Sunday night film screening with panel discussion

Leslie Griffith and John Lisman to discuss Eric Kandel and memory research

The 13th annual Jewish Film Festival winds up Sunday night at the Wasserman Cinematheque with a panel discussion following the screening of “In Search of Memory: The Neuroscientist Eric Kandel.” Neuroscientists Leslie Griffith and John Lisman, experts on learning and memory, will discuss the life and work of Dr. Kandel and recent research into the brain and memory. The screening starts at 7 p.m.

Eric Kandel, winner of the Nobel Prize for his research into the brain's role in preserving memory, leaps off the screen with an exuberant curiosity and lust for life. With humor and charm, Kandel, age 79, ties the events of his childhood—his family immigrated to the US from Vienna to escape Nazi persecution—and the influence of Judaism to his quest to understand the inner workings of memory, "the glue that binds our mental life together."
"A passionate exploration of the life and work of Eric Kandel, the brilliant and irrepressible neurobiologist. Like Eric, Seeger's film resonates in all directions, illuminating not only the trajectory of psychology and neuroscience in the last century, but the nature of art and science, history and remembrance, work and love, inspiration and achievement. It is an unforgettable journey." — Oliver Sacks

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