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Brain Soup

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.

About the Author

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.