Connecting European Neuroscience

New history project available online

19 October, 2017 in FENS News

"Neuroscience in British literature" by Roni Tibon, Ph.D is now available on the History online platform.

The project "Neuroscience in British Literature by Roni Tibon, Ph.D (Newton International Fellow at the MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, UK) was awarded in 2016 and it is now available online.

The wonders of the human brain have captured the heart of many British authors. The tremendous knowledge that has been accumulated in the field of neuroscience over the past centuries has inspired, and continues to inspire, many British novelists. Cases of amnesia can be found in “A tale of two cities”, Charles Dickens’ classic novel, and in one of George Orwell’s earlier works, titled “A Clergyman's Daughter”; Shakespeare’s King Lear suffered from dementia; The main character in Mark Haddon’s book titled “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” has Asperger syndrome; And of course – Mary Shelley has created Frankenstein – one of the first neuroscientists in popular culture.

In this proposed exhibition Roni Tibon will explore the intersection of neuroscience and British literature. Each section in the website will be dedicated to one notable work. I will explore the nature of the neuroscientific representations in this work, and how they are related to periodic discoveries / themes in the field of neuroscience. The website will also include a section with an interactive timeline, depicting major neuroscientific discoveries and their reflection in British literature. 

For more information on the History of Neuroscience projects, please click here.

Here the awarded history projects.

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