The Unique Human Brain: Genes, Neurons, Architecture

Is the human species special?

  • Date: 27 JUNE 2023  from 17:30 to 19:00

  • Event location: Institute of Advanced Studies - Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, Via Marsala, 26 - Bologna - In presence and online event

  • Type: Lectures

After reflecting on unique features of human endeavour, like art, problem surmounting, and the build-up of culture and history, I shall give an account of specific traits of the human brain that help explicate singular human functions and behaviour. Interestingly, recent data support the existence of exclusive gene expression and of neurons characteristic
of the human brain. Communication through language, planning ahead and keeping adapted social relationships are distinctive functions of humans. In the human brain, regions in the frontal lobe, in particular, including language areas, as well as prefrontal and orbitofrontal areas are critical for the deployment of human-idiosyncratic functions. Importantly, prenatal and postnatal
developmental periods are crucial for the rich deployment of gene expression and the achievement of the complex neuronal and connectional architectures unique to the human brain.


ISA Visiting Fellow - Carmen Cavada

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain 

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