New Scientist presents... Instant Expert: How Your Brain Works
Ever wondered how your brain works? How that stuff in your head enables you to see, hear and think about the world around you, make decisions and act on them? Join six leading brain scientists to explore what we know about "the most complicated kilo of matter in the universe".
- Ian Hickie – co-director of the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney
- Joel Pearson – associate professor and director of the Science of Innovation lab, University of NSW
- Skye McDonald – director of the Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery, University of NSW
- Pankaj Sah – director of the Brain Institute, University of Queensland
- Bruno van Swinderen – associate professor, cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, University of Queensland
- David Grayden – leader of the Bionics Laboratory in the Centre for Neural Engineering at the University of Melbourne
The brain has long been a source of fascination. In 1819, the radical thinker and surgeon William Lawrence put it like this: "It is strongly suspected that a Newton or Shakespeare excels other mortals only... by having an extra inch of brain in the right place."
Today, many such suspicions are certainties. We understand the structures of the brain, minor and major, and their roles in making us who we are. We can record electrical signals from individual brain cells or networks of them. Imaging technology lets us see both snapshots of the brain and also videos of it in action. We can follow connections within the brain and watch them reform after an injury.
This event will introduce you to the evolution and anatomy of the brain, the structures and processes in our brain that turn sensations into perceptions, and the relationship between the brain and human emotions. Plus much more.
Join our speakers on a highly engaging journey into your brain.
Topics covered will include:
- Evolution and architecture of the brain
- Sensing and perception
- And much more
Who should attend?
Whether you're a scientist, student or are only casually interested in the brain, Instant Expert: How Your Brain Works offers the chance to learn directly from the experts in this fascinating field.
- You are curious about how your brain works
- Popular articles have whetted your appetite, yet you have struggled to understand the textbooks
- You want to learn about the frontiers of research from scientists at the coalface
What's included in your ticket:
- In-depth and engaging talks from 6 leading brain experts
- Ask-an-expert Question Time session
- Your chance to meet the speakers
- Buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments
- Exclusive Instant Expert: How Your Brain Works certificate
- Exclusive New Scientist magazine subscription deal available on the day
- This event will be held in Colombo Theatre A in the Colombo Building (see B16 on this Kensington campus map), by gate number 4, entering the campus from High Street.
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