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Cambridge Neuroscience at the Science Festival

A window on the brain

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
explain their work. At 7pm three different talks begin in the Lecture Theatre. Each talk will be 20 – 25 minutes followed by questions. Light refreshments (tea/sandwiches) will be served.

Focusing on ADHD

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.

FULLY BOOKED Cell replacement in age and disease: what are the prospects?

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.

The science of your mind

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.

Healthy ageing and the brain: the good news

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.

Inside an unquiet mind

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.
Both the gala and the staged “Hit and Run” performances will bring together those that we label service users, scientists, mental health professionals and professional musicians to create pieces of original musical theatre containing collective emotive and interactive portrayals of personal experience. These will be shared with local communities through a series of presentations in community and workplace settings.

Smart pills, anyone?

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.

Project by the Naked Scientists, Graphic Science, BCNI and schools across East Anglia. Alok Jha will be chairing this event.

The Wisdom of Psychopaths

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.

Open your mind with the Naked Scientists

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.

The Cambridge Neuroscience Public Lecture: ‘Design principles for neuroprosthetics’

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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