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Cambridge Neuroscience at the Science Festival
Wednesday 13 March 6:00PM - 8:30PM
Come for an hour of hands-on practical demonstrations followed by a series of short talks. For the first hour, there will be practical demonstrations of experiments for you to try out and informative posters to view, with lots of our scientists on hand to
Thursday 14 March 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Poor concentration, hyperactivity and impulsivity are common in people with ADHD. These symptoms may be distressing and cause difficulties in daily life, but what causes them? How can they best be treated? This Brain Awareness Week discussion panel includes Professor Trevor Robbins CBE FRS, Dr Sam Chamberlain and Dr Ulrich Muller.
Friday 15 March 7:30PM - 8:30PM
In this talk, Nobel Prize winner Professor John Gurdon will discuss recent developments in the field of nuclear reprogramming by which new embryonic cells can be derived from adult cells. The lecture will cover ethical and legal concerns in this field.
Saturday 16 March 10:00AM - 12:00PM and 2:00PM - 4:00PM
The Department of Psychology offers a range of interactive exhibits and posters showcasing the latest cutting-edge research. You will learn about children’s understanding of other people, how the mind reasons, processes language and remembers facts. Discover new ways to test personality, and how your mobile phone can recognise your emotions.
Saturday 16 March 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Normal healthy aging involves widespread brain changes thought to impair everyday cognitive functions, including memory and attention. However, this view is undergoing a radical revision. Professor Lorraine K. Tyler, a cognitive neuroscientist, will discuss the emerging positive view that ageing does not necessarily result in inevitable declines in neural and cognitive fitness.
Saturday 16 March 6:45PM - 9:45PM
Squeaky Gate, in partnership with Cambridge Neuroscientists, presents Inside an Unquiet Mind III (IAUM3), a powerful musical theatre project taking people and their mental health experiences on tour in local community settings to explore perceptions and challenge stigma. Premiered as part of this year’s science festival, we will also be presenting a full-length gala performance.
Monday 18 March 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Would you take tablets to boost your brain function? An interactive session debating the controversial subject of cognitive enhancers, the science of them and their ethical and social implications with local school students and Professor Barbara Sahakian. Project by the Naked Scientists, Graphic Science, BCNI and schools across East Anglia.
Tuesday 19 March 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Psychopath. No sooner is the word out than images of murderers, rapists, suicide bombers and gangsters flash across our minds. But not all psychopaths are violent, or even criminal. In fact, they have a lot of good things going for them. In this groundbreaking adventure, renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals a shocking truth: beneath the hype and the popular characterisation, psychopaths have something to teach us.
Thursday 21 March 8:00PM - 9:00PM
The Naked Scientists take you on an interactive journey through the workings of the nervous system. If you're brave enough, they'll read your brainwaves, reveal how your nerves send and receive information, activate your muscles electrically, fool your senses into seeing and feeling things that aren't really there and even spot when you are lying.
Tuesday 26 March 6:00PM - 7:00PM
A brain-machine interface (BMI) enables users to interact with computers and with physical devices through the voluntary modulation of their brain activity. The central challenge of a BMI is to distinguish different patterns of brain activity, with each associated with a particular intention or mental task. This is a long way from being solved! What are the principles for operating complex brain-controlled robots over long periods of time?
Posted on 12/03/2013
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