An interview with Eric Kandel

Our German counterparts at have produced this 21-minute video of an interview they did with neuroscientist Eric Kandel, who won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his work on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory in the sea slug Aplysia californica.

Kandel is one of the authors of Principles of Neural Science, the standard textbook  for neuroscience at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. His autobiography, In Search of Memory, which was published in 2006 (and which I reviewed at the time), won the LA Times Book Award for Science and Technology in that year.

Among the topics Kandel discusses in the interview are the differences between biological and digital memory, neurogenesis in the hippocampus, free will and consciousness, drug development and the use and abuse of drugs by children, and the state of science in the U.S. and Europe.


  1. #1 Free Researcher
    April 22, 2008

    Are there transcription anywhere? Or only video aviable? (I want to translate it into Russian to post at my website)

  2. #2 Mo
    April 22, 2008

    I don’t know of a transcript. If I had more time, I’d transcribe it myself. Maybe I’ll do it in a couple of months.

  3. #3 Jesse
    April 23, 2008

    “French science is still a disaster” – funny. I wonder why he says that.

    And neuroscience needs to move faster – I want to better apply it to social science!

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