My Q and A With Cognitive Neuroscientist Anjan Chatterjee

April 6, 2015 6:20 PM

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Anjan Chatterjee is a neurologist and cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on cosmetic neurology, the potential of so-called smart drugs to harm our health and our sleep quality, and the habits that are truly good for our brains.

Cosmetic Neurology is the application of neurotechnologies (pharmacology, biologics, devices, etc.) to modify brain function in healthy people. Analogous to cosmetic surgery, the idea is to try to enhance the normal functioning of the brain. Most of these interventions are developed to treat disease...

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