Nobel Prize Talks: Eric R. Kandel
‘The artist is a scientist.’ Eric Kandel sees the divide between art and science as artificial. In this episode, the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, discusses his exploration of learning and memory and how the fields neuroscience, psychology and art are all interrelated. He also talks about his childhood experiences of antisemitism in Vienna, and how they made him understand how important social context can be for governing people’s behavior.
Interview with the 2000 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, Eric R. Kandel, 13 June 2008. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.
Eric Kandel talks about his early childhood in Vienna, his first impressions on moving to America (1:45), and his unusual path to a career in scientific research (3:34). He discusses how studying the brain one cell at a time has been the motto of his research career (7:58), how the marine snail has taught us about human learning and memory (12:07), future challenges for the field (20:56), the value of teaching (23:37) and, finally, why he looks for creativity in his students (27:07).
Interview with the 2000 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, Eric R. Kandel, Paul Greengard and Arvid Carlsson, by science writer Peter Sylwan, 12 December 2000.
The Laureates discuss whether we ever will be able to understand the mechanisms of mind; talk about their work and discoveries (6.31); making a paradigm shift in the way of looking at the brain (12:25); going against a dominant field (16:15); and their view of the future (19:04).
Their work and discoveries range from cancer therapy and laser physics to developing proteins that can solve humankind’s chemical problems. The work of the 2018 Nobel Laureates also included combating war crimes, as well as integrating innovation and climate with economic growth. Find out more.