Steven Rose



Haberdashers Askes in London and the Cambridge where I studied biochemistry 1956-59



Work History:

Cambridge, London, Oxford, ANU Canberra, Harvard, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Open University foundation professor 1969-present

Current Job:

Emeritus professor of neuroscience, Open University



My Interview

Me and my work

I am a neuroscientist. My research has been learning and memory and how trey are encoded in the brain through changes in the brain’s wiring diagram – that is, its synaptic connectivity. Most of the experimental studies are done working with day-old chicks, who need to learn very quickly about their environment, and particularly what’s good and what’s bad to eat and drink.

Typical day

I’m now retired. When I was working (apart from al the usual admin work a professor and head of dept gets lumbered with) I would spend half a day training chicks in the lab, and half the next day testing them, and preparing their brains for biochemical analysis. Now I mainly write. Our most recent book was Genes Cells and Brains, the Promethean promises of the new biology. The book we are currently working on is about neuroeducation – its promises and limits

What topics do you work on?

see above. Also social, legal and ethical aspects of neuroscience, genetics and evolutionary theory

What methods do you use?

see above: in the lab behavioural, physiological, biochemical, morphological

Who was your favourite teacher?

too long ago to remember!