Theatre of Thought sos

Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline, MA


Dr. Polina Anakeeva

MIT Professor

Theatre of Thought— Nervous system disorders

Introduced by neural engineer and professor Polina Anakeeva, who is featured in the film. Dr. Anakeeva works at the intersection of materials science, electronics, and neurobiology to improve our understanding of disorders of the nervous system.

This event is part of our 2024 National Evening of Science on Screen.

Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline, MA

Film Synopsis

Werner Herzog shows off his fascination with the human brain in his latest documentary.

Werner Herzog sets his sights on yet another mysterious landscape — the human brain — for clues as to why a hunk of tissue can produce profound thoughts and feelings while considering the philosophical, ethical, and social implications of fast-advancing neural technology.

About the Speaker

Polina Anikeeva received her BS in physics from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University in 2003 and a PhD in materials science and engineering from MIT in 2009. She completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University, where she created devices for optical stimulation and recording from brain circuits. She joined the MIT faculty in 2011. She serves as the director of the K. Lisa Yang Brain-Body Center at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and is an associate director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics.