Nothing lights up the brain quite like the rich, lyrical melodies of composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ The Swan, carefully played on a cello.
Noted physician and author David Agus was deep in thought as he listened to a live, solo performance of The Swan, at Fortune’s Brainstorm Health conference in San Diego on Wednesday. But Agus wasn’t merely relaxing.
Attached to his head was a high-tech, black visor connected to what resembled several mini microphones, each one resting on different parts of his skull. The headset was monitoring the electrical activity of Agus’ brain in real time.
Audience members watched a 3D representation of Agus’ brain respond to the music by way of electrical pulses. Throughout the song, different areas of his brain lit up like a mini-firework display.