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The master puppeteer: how the brain controls the body
Smiling, speaking, eating, walking – most of us take for granted the effortless ease with which we move. But behind even our simplest actions are processes of extraordinary complexity – processes that fascinate Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Daniel Wolpert.
Speaking at a free public talk last Friday (19th March, 2010) at the Babbage Lecture Theatre, Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Daniel Wolpert illustrated how little we know about how the brain controls the body and how much we still need to discover before we can build robots to match the movements of even a young child.
Daniel described his scientific experiments using tickle machines, automatic pea shooters, and pushing competitions to an enthralled audience of over 400 people ranging from children to adult medics.
This event was part of the 22nd Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar, Brain Awareness Week and the Cambridge Science Festival. Cambridge Science Festival is the UK's largest free annual science festival offering adults and children alike the chance to get involved in some of the University's cutting edge research.
The event was recorded by the Science Festival team and will be available to listen to again on this site shortly.
Article written by the University of Cambridge Press team.
Posted on 04/03/2010
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