KEITH CRUTCHER PhD

Neuroscientist

Keith Crutcher has a B.S. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Human Anatomy with postdoctoral training in Human Aging and Neuronal Plasticity. His academic career included faculty positions at the University of Utah and the University of Cincinnati where he taught and carried out research on brain plasticity. He has published over 100 research articles, has two issued patents, and has given numerous invited lectures and seminars.  He has a wide-ranging interest in the role of modern science in society and has a passion for communicating the excitement and challenges of new discoveries on the brain to non-scientists.

Talks

 

The history of the brain

            What does the theory of evolution have to say about how our brains came to be the way they are?  And how did we come to know what we do about the brain?

 

The future of the brain

            Artificial intelligence is increasingly poised to take over tasks that our brains used to do.  What does this mean for our future?  Will our brains become obsolete?

 

Mysteries of the brain: consciousness

            All of us have it but science can’t seem to explain what it is.  Modern advances in brain science have started giving us some insights on this mysterious thing called consciousness.

 

Mysteries of the brain: sleep

            We spend a third of our time doing it but no one really understands why.  And what is our brain really up to when we are asleep?

 

Mysteries of the brain: the god spot

            We are the only creatures on the planet that exhibit evidence of belief in “a higher power”.  What can science reveal about this most mysterious of brain phenomena: the search for the divine.

 

Mysteries of the brain: memory      

Remembering a childhood birthday party, as well as what you had for breakfast this morning, are just two examples of the brain’s ability to store and organize memories.  Much of our identity rests in our memories and scientists are gradually uncovering clues as to how this happens.