In this new RSAnimate, renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. Taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA’s free public events program. To view the full lecture, go to lasting 32 min or the short presentation (see below).

Iain McGilchrist is a former Fellow of All Souls’ College, Oxford, where he taught literature, before training in medicine. He has an interest in brain research, and now works as a private consultant in London, where he was a Consultant and Clinical Director at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital Acute Mental Health Services. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.