In the archives of Science Friday you can find an interesting interview with Nobel laureate Eric Kandel about his research on the foundations of learning and memory in the brain. Particularly interesting in this interview is the part where prof. Kandel is confronted by a caller on the standpoint that every mental process has a biological basis, hence psychotherapy is a way to alter the mind’s chemical balance in the same way psychopharmaceuticals do. There is large scientific consensus regarding prof. Kandel’s position, yet the caller is determined to stick up for psychotherapy. Listen how Eric Kandel is trying to manage his increasing irritation as he tries to convince the caller.
July 2, 2004: Eric Kandel: “What can sea slugs and mice tell us about how memories are stored? In this hour of Science Friday, Ira talks with Nobel laureate Eric Kandel about the molecular basis of memory, and his life in science. Kandel shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Arvid Carlsson and Paul Greengard, ‘for their discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system.’ He is known for his work using the sea slug Aplysia, an animal with just a few simple nerve cells, to investigate the chemical and physical changes that occur in nerve cells during learning and memory processes.”