The brain acts as “mission control” for the entire body. It takes in and processes information from the body’s sensory systems, and controls the body’s movements and operations. The brain has specialized regions that manage different kinds of sensory information, form decisions and plans, and control and fine-tune the body’s actions.

Dr. David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and best-selling author at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), where he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action, and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. Best known for his work on time perception, synesthesia, and neurolaw, Dr. Eagleman appears regularly on radio and television to discuss literature and science.

Your Brain is You was produced by BCM’s Learning Brain project, which is developing interdisciplinary neuroscience teaching materials for BioEd Online ( The project is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the SEPA program, Office of the Director, NIH.

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