Innate: How the wiring of our brains shapes who we are

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 25 October

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Credit: Princeton University Press


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

What makes you the way you are—and what makes each of us different from everyone else? Join Kevin Mitchell as he traces human diversity and individual differences to their deepest level: in the wiring of our brains. Deftly guiding us through important new research, including his own groundbreaking work, he explains how variations in the way our brains develop before birth strongly influence our psychology and behaviour throughout our lives, shaping our personality, intelligence, sexuality, and even the way we perceive the world.

About the speakers

Kevin Mitchell is an Associate Professor in the Smurfit Institute of Genetics in Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He is a graduate of the Genetics Department, Trinity College Dublin (B.A., Mod. 1991) and received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (1997), where he studied neural development with Prof. Corey Goodman. He did postdoctoral research with Prof. Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Prof. Bill Skarnes at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University, using molecular genetics to study neural development in the mouse.  Since 2002 he has been on the faculty at Trinity College Dublin.  He has also been an EMBO Young Investigator and was elected to Fellowship of Trinity College in 2009. 


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Kevin's book, Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.


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