Suzana Herculano-Houzel


I'm Suzana Herculano-Houzel

Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Ph.D., is a biologist and neuroscientist, researcher, writter, columnist at brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo and professor at Vanderbilt University, where she is Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences. She is also the first female editor-in-chief of The Journal of Comparative Neurology.

In this website, you’ll find most of her work as well as several neuroscience courses for different levels of knowledge all carefully crafted by her.


Sun for the jet-lagged brain
Happiness out of time
Pleasure to learn
Why is it difficult to end a relationship?

Welcome to my virtual office! The Crash Course consists of 14 short videos, or visits, lasting from 7 to 17 minutes, totaling just over two hours.

In each visit, you will learn a set of key concepts to get you started in the ways of neuroscience. You should watch the videos in the order they are presented, but of course you can do your own thing – and come revisit as often as you’d like, for MUCH LESS than the price of a textbook (the first episode is FREE).


Neurocientist on Call

Why Aspies look at mouths

One of the common core traits of autism is atypical gaze direction during…...

This content is for Crash Course in Neuroscience + The Neurocientist on Call and The Neurocientist on Call members only.

Travel Diaries – I’m the tourist attraction!

It wasn’t even seven o’clock when Bruno and I arrived in the village of Mahabalipuram (Bruno, being Bruno, had to... ...

Why brain soup?

I’ve been for 20 years now in the business of collecting brains from different species and turning them into soup... ...

Some have more neurons, others have fewer: Where to draw the line?

I just received an email from somebody who was concerned about how my research on numbers of neurons in cats... ...
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