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What happens in our brains when we attempt to overcome adversity, survive tests of endurance, and stay focused under pressure? This was the subject of the seventh annual “Brainwave,” a series of on-stage conversations, films, and experiences.

The 2014 edition of “Brainwave” featured a diverse array of actors, musicians, artists, and neuroscientists. Among these personalities were Isabella Rossellini, Russell Simmons, astronaut Scott Parazynski, and congressman Tim Ryan. Below you’ll find a full list of participants:

The Performance Artist

Isabella Rossellini + cognitive scientist Diana Reiss

The Cellist

Cellist Maya Beiser + cognitive psychologist Jamshed Bharucha

The Ballet Dancer

Wendy Whelan + neuropsychologist Mark Solms

The Social Worker for the Blind

Sabriye Tenberken, with writer Rosemary Mahoney + neuropsychologist Sabine Kastner

The Basketball Champion

Walt Frazier + neuroscientist Paul Glimcher

The Photographer

Frédéric Lagrange + cognitive scientist John J. Sakon

The Monk

The Venerable Metteyya + neurosurgeon Philip Stieg

The Actor

Giancarlo Esposito + neuroscientist Moran Cerf

The TM Teacher

Bob Roth + experimental psychologist Barry Cohen

The Zen Teacher

Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi + neuroscientist Brent A. Field

The Teacher

His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang + neuroscientist Zoran Josipovic

The Astronaut

Scott Parazynski + psychologist Tracy Dennis

The Mogul

Russell Simmons + cognitive neuroscientist David Vago

The Activist

Zainab Salbi + neuroscientist Dean Haycock

The Philosopher

Rebecca Goldstein + neuroscientist Antonio Damasio

The Face Transplant Surgeon

Eduardo Rodriguez + neuroscientist Timothy Buschman

The Poker Player

Vanessa Selbst + psychologist John D. Mayer

The Yoga Teacher

Elena Brower + Kenneth Perrine

The Math Genius

Jason Padgett + neuroscientist Heather Berlin

The Congressman

Tim Ryan + cognitive scientist Emma Seppala

Visit our YouTube page to see clips from select “Brainwave” events.