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Dr Susan Greenfield

Sue Lawley's castaway is neuroscientist Dr Susan Greenfield.

It was while studying for a degree in psychology that this week's castaway decided to change the direction of her life and become a neuroscientist. As she dissected a slice of pickled brain, she found herself wondering whether this was the part that generated a love of Beethoven, or held the memory of a sunny, summer day. From that moment, she determined to try to discover how our personalities and thoughts derive from this slurry of soggy tissue. Twenty years later, Professor Susan Greenfield is now one of the foremost thinkers on the question of consciousness, and a leading researcher into the causes of Parkinson's disease.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: The Ode To Joy (Symphony No 9) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa
Luxury: An endless supply of curry

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 25 Jul 1997 09:05

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  • The Rolling Stones

    Brown Sugar

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' - Ode to Joy

      • Beethoven - Symphony No 9.
      • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Bob Dylan

    Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands

    • Blonde On Blonde.
    • CBS.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Tonight

    Soloist: Richard Beymer, Natalie Wood

    • West Side Story - Original Soundtrack Recording.
    • CBS.
  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Soloist: Michael Tilson Thomas Orchestra: The Los Angeles Philharmonic

    • Gershwin: The 1920s And The 1930s.
    • CBS Masterworks.
  • Édith Piaf

    Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

    • Sophisticated Ladies - Vol 2.
    • Connoisseur Collection.
  • Ray Noble

    Love Is The Sweetest Thing

    Orchestra: The New Mayfair Orchestra Soloist: Al Bowlly

    • Al Bowlly - The Very Thought Of You.
    • EMI.
  • Marvin Gaye

    I Heard It Through The Grapevine

    • Motown Hits Of Gold Vol 3.
    • Motown.
  • Book Choice

    • The Leopard - Giuseppe di Lampedusa

  • Luxury Choice

    • An endless supply of curry

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