EP97 Emery Brown on Consciousness & Anesthesia

Emery Brown talks to Jim about anesthesiology as a probe on consciousness, brain networks & relationships, EEG dose calibration, and much more…

Emery N. Brown

Emery Brown joins Jim as the first in a series of guests exploring the science of consciousness. They cover anesthesiology as a probe on consciousness, types of brain observation (EEG & fMRI), propofol’s impact on brain networks, brain waves in various frequency ranges, phase and frequency, breakdown of long-range networks under anesthesia,  coming out of anesthesia, brain networks function & redundancy, non-linear effect of anesthesia dose impacts, EEG’s use for anesthesia dose calibration, subjective awareness in anesthesia, the motor center component of anesthesia, simulating anesthesia impacts, the power of state-space global coherence theory, Emery’s hopes for the future of his work, and more.

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Emery N. Brown is the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience at MIT; the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School; and a practicing anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. His experimental research has helped define the neuroscience mechanisms of how anesthetics work. His statistics research has developed a broad range of statistical and signal processing methods to improve neuroscience data analysis. He is a fellow of the IEEE, the American Statistical Association, the Institute for Mathematical Statistics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Professor Brown is the recipient of the Dickson Prize in Science and an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from U.S.C. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering.