Renowned Johns Hopkins neuroscientist and best-selling author David Linden will appear at the Charles Street Barnes and Noble (4701 N. Charles Street, near Hopkins Homewood Campus) on Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. for a book signing and reading to promote the paperback release of TOUCH, his latest book on the brain. In honor of the occasion, we re-post our 2015 Big Fish interview, Popular Scientist: Johns Hopkins Neuroscientist David Linden Explains the Brain Science Behind Hand, Heart, and Mind, by Bohemian Rhapsody Columnist Marion Winik. -The Eds.
Neuroscientist David Linden divides his time between a lab full of mice and post-doctoral students at the Johns Hopkins medical campus and a writing desk in his secret hideaway of a house, located on a wooded lane in a secluded part of North Baltimore. From there, he has produced three hugely successful books about the brain: “The Accidental Mind,” “The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good” and, “Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind.”
Featured on Fresh Air, in the Wall Street Journal, in Playboy and elsewhere, Touch explores our capacity for sensation in areas ranging from sex to pain to chili peppers, and features Linden’s signature combination of personal storytelling, humor and amazing things you didn’t know about the brain, lucidly explained and illustrated. With his works translated into seventeen languages, this Baltimorean puts the popular in popular science. He found time between speaking engagements and rodent brain experiments to answer a few questions for the Baltimore Fishbowl.