Venue: The Round Room.

A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really Up To

Dr Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist based at Cardiff University’s Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, but he’s been dabbling in stand-up and comedy writing for over a decade. His Guardian Science blog, ‘Brain Flapping’, has been viewed over 13 million times in the last three years. His latest book is called The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head is Really Up to. For something supposedly so brilliant and evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is pretty messy, fallible and disorganised. For example, did you know that your memory is egotistical? That conspiracy theories and superstitions are the inevitable effects of a healthy brain? Or that alcohol can actually improve your memory? Dean Burnett tours our mysterious and mischievous grey (and white) matter. Along the way he explains the human brain’s imperfections in all their glory and how these influence – and occasionally sabotage – everything we say and do. ‘I really admire Dean Burnett’s work. He’s very compelling and wise and rational. You know you can trust him and you know it’s going to be a great read.’ Jon Ronson