Full transcript of Michael Okun and Kelly Foote’s TEDx Talk: How to control the brain at TEDxUF conference.
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Michael Okun – Neurologist
Your brain controls everything.
Kelly Foote – Neurosurgeon
And we can control your brain.
Michael Okun: Now, you might be wondering why a neurologist and a neurosurgeon are talking together. Most people that know the traditional roles of neurologists and neurosurgeons, they know that there’s not much chance we’re going to talk at all. But it turns out, what we’re going to tell you about today, it takes a “we”, it takes a team. And in fact, there is a whole bunch of people that have to stand behind us to do what makes this happen.
Kelly Foote: So, we are going to start a little bit by talking about the brain. Your brain is a living supercomputer. As we learned earlier, there are a hundred billion neurons in the brain. And each one of those neurons has the capacity to fire. That is to say, to send an on signal — we call it an action potential — to other neurons that it’s connected to.