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What does Twitter have to do with the human brain?
We like to think the human brain is special, something different from other brains and information processing systems, but a Cambridge Neuroscience professor is set to test that assumption – by conducting a live experiment using Twitter.
Speaking at Cambridge Science Festival next week, Professor Ed Bullmore will describe how new ways of looking at the network organisation of the human brain show that it has a surprising amount in common with the worm brain, computer chips, stock markets, and many other complex systems.
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According to Professor Bullmore:
"We know that the brain is fiendishly complicated in detail. Our brains have billions of nerve cells connected by trillions of synapses, so trying to figure out how it works by focusing on one cell or one synapse at a time is impossible.
says Professor Bullmore.
To demonstrate this directly, Professor Bullmore will be conducting a live experiment during his talk at Cambridge Science Festival, the UK's largest free science festival.
This interdisciplinary public engagement project is a collaboration between Cambridge Neuroscience and the University Communications Office.
"The point of the experiment is not to show that the human brain network is the same as a Twitter network - I would be surprised if that was the result, but it will be interesting to see what happens!
"The more important point is to show how this new way of looking at the brain can perhaps help us make some unexpected and interesting connections between the networks in our heads and the many other networks around us."
Professor Bullmore's talk "Brains, minds and their connectivity" is on Thursday, March 17 from 6.30-7.30 pm at the Babbage Lecture Theatre, University of Cambridge. Free, suitable for ages 16+.
The talk is part of the Cambridge Science Festival, the UK's largest free science festival. It runs from March 14-27 with more than 150 mostly free events.
Posted on 11/03/2011
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