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SciAm Mind Calendar: October/November 2007

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2 Neuroscience luminary Eric Kandel explains the current scientific understanding of depression and bipolar disorder in a public lecture sponsored by the Mood Disorders Support Group of New York City. Kandel received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2000 [see box]. A recording of the lecture will also be available for purchase online.

New York City

www.mdsg.org/lectures.html

7–10 Hundreds of clinical and research teams investigate nervous system diseases every year, but only eight studies merit inclusion among the special presentations at the American Neurological Association's 132nd Annual Meeting. Poster sessions and symposia will highlight many additional advances in the latest theories of neurological diagnosis and treatment.

Washington, D.C.

www.aneuroa.org

16 Imagine a therapy that could unlock hidden emotional states, treat brain damage and sensory disorders, serve as a memory aid and improve mental health on a daily basis. According to neurologist Oliver Sacks, such a therapy exists—and we call it music. Master storyteller Sacks tackles the biological basis of music's power and allure in his new book, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain.

Knopf ($26)

www.oliversacks.com/musicophilia.htm

26 Human compassion has the power to overcome grief, as a widow and a drug addict learn in the drama Things We Lost in the Fire. Halle Berry plays a newly single mother who finds support in an unlikely friendship with a ruined lawyer (Benicio Del Toro) who was her husband's childhood best friend. Even as Del Toro's character struggles with heroin addiction, he helps the family find strength to cope with their loss.

DreamWorks Pictures

www.thingswelostinthefiremovie.com

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