Deric's MindBlog, which began in Feb. 2006, reports on new ideas and work on mind,
brain, and behavior, as well as random curious stuff.
Mind Lectures, Writings, and podcasts.
This sections links mainly to work I've done since retiring from The University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2001. There is little correlation between the effort that has gone into preparing a lecture and the amount of interest it has generated. A brief talk titled "How Much Can We Change Our Aging" has been the one most widely translated into other languages.
The contents of most scientific books and lectures are superseded over time by new perspectives and facts that render them at least partially obsolete. I would now rewrite portions of a lecture I gave just two years ago. I have assembled more recent perspectives in a short talk titled "A New Vision of how our Minds Work" given to a senior group in November 2021. The talk summarizes and condenses MindBlog's abstracting of the ideas in Lisa Feldman Barrett's 'How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.' At the same time that these posts were appearing in late 2020 Barrett offered her own condensation in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain. Also, Anil Seth's 2021 book "Being You: A New Science of Consciousness" is excellent reading. I recommend these books for an up to date account of how our brains work.
Biology of Mind Book
Developed from an interdisciplinary course I developed in the 1990s, as I was in a career transition from studying vision to studying the evolution, development, and structures of our minds. This link gives you a full web version of that book published in 1999, with complete
references not included in the hard copy version (which can be purchased from either Amazon or John
Wiley & Sons.)
Music House concerts and public piano performances.
Me ... Personal history, and Ancestors and family history. The
first 35 years of my professional life was devoted to
laboratory studies of visual transduction in rod photoreceptor cells. I prepared this graphic social and scientific history of the Bownds Laboratory for a laboratory reunion over the last weekend of May 2012, on the occasion of my 70th birthday. Pictures of the reunion can be found here and of a Social/Musical held at my Madison Twin Valley home here. This talk describing the contributions of my laboratory (from 1968 to 1998) to understanding how light changes into a nerve signal in our eyes was given on May 14, 2013 to the McPherson Eye Research Institute seminar at the University of Wisconsin, . This personal biography was written in the summer of 2012 and is occasionally updated. After a 12 year period of being a snowbird between Madison, WI (June-August) and Fort Lauderdale FL (Sept-May), in 2017 the winter destination became the family house in Austin Texas where I grew up, and since 2019 Austin has been my year round home.