An injury to one section of the brain can leave a person unable to recognize loved ones. Some brain trauma can even make you a pathological gambler, pedophile, or liar. But a few scientists realized that these injuries were an opportunity for studying brain function at its extremes.

With lucid explanations and incisive wit, author Sam Kean, guest speaker this April 2015 event explained the brain’s secret passageways while recounting forgotten stories of common people whose struggles, resiliency, and deep humanity made modern neuroscience possible.

Secrets of the brain was sponsored by Morrison Maierle, Inc., with support from the Best Western Premiere Helena Great Northern Hotel