May 7, 2019, Andre Fenton and I interview Jim Ranck. The interview is quite long — 90 minutes — and is organized in a decade-by-decade manner. For each segment we discuss Jim’s personal history, his scientific accomplishments, and some major events in Neuroscience.
watch, above, or go directly to youtube: https://youtu.be/i6hIVqXPNdQ
The interview contains lots of hippocampal minutia. Best suited for people in the field … but I think there are other gems.
The timeline is something like this:
0:00:00 1930-40s birth thru college: 0:04:50 1950s med school, Univ chicago, Public Health 0:20:10 1960s Univ Washington, Biophysics, Brain Impedance, Mich 0:31:00 1970s Hippocampal Neurons, O'Keefe & Nadel Phil Best, place cells are real 0:48:00 1975 Move to Brooklyn, single neurons 1:08:43 1980s (part 1) computerized data collection and analysis 1:10:40 1980s (part 2) Head-Direction cells. Ego and allocentric 1:22:55 1990s Cognitive Neuroscience, the book.
Most important segment is on discovery and description of Head-Direction Cells,
1:10:40 – 1:23:00