Sam Wang: Autism, the Cerebellum, Gerrymandering & Using Data to Repair our Democracy | Show Notes
About the Guest: Dr. Sam Wang is a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University. Dr. Wong’s lab investigates how brains learn from sensory experience, in adulthood and development, with relevance for autism. A lot of their work focuses on a part of the brain called the cerebellum.
Episode Summary: Nick Jikomes & Sam Wang, PhD talk about the cerebellum and what we’re learning about its functions, as well as how it’s tied to autism, and what the causes and nature of autism actually are. This includes both the genetic and environmental risk factors for autism, and how to think about treatment. Lastly, they talk about another side of his work, which is related to using data and science to help repair our democracy by combatting things like congressional gerrymandering.