Welcome to the Baroness Susan Greenfield website
Susan Greenfield CBE, FRCP (Hon) is a research scientist, author and broadcaster based in Oxford. She has held research fellowships in the Department of Physiology Oxford, the College de France Paris, and NYU Medical Center New York. She has since been awarded 32 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities. In 2000 she was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians. Further international recognition of her work has included the ‘Golden Plate Award’ (2003) from the Academy of Achievement, Washington, the L’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (2003), from the French Government, and the 2010 Australian Medical Research Society Medal. She has held a Visiting Professorship at the Medical School, University of Melbourne, Australia and is currently President of a biotech company Neuro Bio that she founded in 2013.
This website is here to provide a hub for all of Baroness Susan Greenfield's work. Her work in psychology has aimed to uncover some of the most elusive questions about the brain, such as what is consciousness. She is also working on helping people with Alzheimer’s disease with new research. Find out more about her work on screen technologies here. Click here to learn more about Susan's research and theories on neurodegeneration. If you are interested in reading Susan's latest book or attend one of her psychology talks then you can find out more on this website.
In this article she shows how in turn the three great Greek tragedians raised questions and issues that have parallels in neuroscience. Aeschylus emphasised fate at the expense of the individual, arguably corresponding to genetic determinism; Sophocles paid more attention to the individual, albeit with no free will, - a subject tackled in the pioneering experiments of the 20th neuroscientist Benjamin Libet.
Finally, Euripides highlighted the inner conflicts within each one of us, the 'wine' force of abandonment versus the 'bread' force of reason, which correspond, respectively under-functioning and full functioning of a key part of the brain (prefrontal cortex).