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Suzana Herculano-Houzel

Suzana Herculano-Houzel is Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences and Associate Director for Communications of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute at Vanderbilt University.

Titles by This Author

A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable

Humans are awesome. Our brains are gigantic, seven times larger than they should be for the size of our bodies. The human brain uses 25% of all the energy the body requires each day. And it became enormous in a very short amount of time in evolution, allowing us to leave our cousins, the great apes, behind. So the human brain is special, right? Wrong, according to Suzana Herculano-Houzel. Humans have developed cognitive abilities that outstrip those of all other animals, but not because we are evolutionary outliers.

A BIT of The Human Advantage

A scientist investigates why our human brains are awesome, and in the course of her investigation learns to count brain cells by making “brain soup” in a blender. 

MIT Press BITS offer excerpts from influential MIT Press books on subjects ranging from robotics to architecture. To learn more about the book from which this BIT was excerpted, go to The Human Advantage.