Fondazione Prada

“Human Brains” is a multidisciplinary path dedicated to brain studies and presented by Fondazione Prada between November 2020 and November 2022. This program of exhibitions, online activities and public meetings focused on neuroscience represents an intense cultural challenge for an institution like Fondazione Prada.

The project is the result of a complex research developed in collaboration with a scientific committee, chaired by Giancarlo Comi and formed by researchers, scholars, popularizers and curators such as Jubin Abutalebi, Massimo Cacciari, Viviana Kasam, Udo Kittelmann, Letizia Leocani, Andrea Moro and Daniela Perani.

“Human Brains: Conversations” is the second chapter of the project. Scheduled to run from September 2021 to April 2022, it consists of 7 pairs of video interventions given by international scientists, philosophers and researchers followed by 7 online conversations involving forms of interaction with the remote audience. “Conversations” is presented as an open platform for experimenting inclusive modes of exchange between scientists and scholars from different fields and a wide community of students, researchers, and individuals interested in neurosciences and brain studies in general.

Each conversation consists of a 40-minute online debate in which two researchers dialogue with each other via live streaming on a specific topic, coordinated by a moderator. Ten days before the conversation, speeches by the two experts introducing the topic will be available online.


Conversation #7 History of Modern Philosophy

Conversation #6 Relationship Between Science, Biological Evolution and Philosophy

Alice Roberts


Simona Ginsburg

Animal consciousness: a biological and evolutionary approach

Eva Jablonka

Learning and the origins of consciousness

Conversation #5 Enhancing Brain Plasticity with Neuromodulation

Alice Roberts


Jeffrey A. Kleim

Brain adaptation: Neural Plasticity, Neuromodulation and Genetics

Alvaro Pascual-Leone

A healthy brain is a plastic brain

Conversation #4 Language, Music and the Brain

Alice Roberts


Steven Mithen

Music, language & the brain the past and present

Stefan Koelsch

Music, Language & the brain

Conversation #3 Advantage/Disadvantage of Having a Bilingual Brain

Alice Roberts


Ellen Bialystok

Protective Effects of Bilingualism on Aging Brains

Jason Rothman

Contextualizing Bilingualism: Focus on Mind and Brain

Conversation #2 Hemispheric Lateralization and Attentional Mechanisms

Alice Roberts


Guido Gainotti

Clinical aspects and theoretical implications

Paolo Bartolomeo

How to Pay Attention with an Asymmetrical Brain

Conversation #1 Syntax as the fingerprint of human language

Alice Roberts


Angela D. Friederici

The Neural Basis of Syntax

Robert C. Berwick

The Core Language Computations