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Brain Control: Hormones to Computers

Please note this event takes place on the first floor and currently has no step-free access. Over 18s only.
Past event - 2019
22 May Doors Open 7PM
Event 7:30-9:30PM
Walkabout Reading , Wiston Terrace, off Friar Street,
Reading RG1 1DG
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How do natural hormones control our social behaviours? And how could we, in the future possibly control computers with our minds? In this series of talks, Nandini will discuss her research into brain hormones, while Slawomir will talk about his work in computational neuroscience. Suitable for all audiences- no science knowledge needed.

Why are we social animals? From hormones to behaviour

Dr Nandini Vasudevan (Associate Professor in Biomedical Sciences)
Hormones are small molecules that are produced by the glands and serve as chemical communicators between different organs in the body. They help us respond to the environment both inside and outside of us; understanding how they signal in cells has led to the development of several drugs. We will discuss, along with examples and demos, how hormones acting in the brain drive social behaviours that are common to all of us: aggression, parental behaviour, social preferences and reproductive behaviours.

Brain Computer Interfaces: fad or future?

Professor Slawomir Nasuto (Professor of Cybernetics, Head of Biomedical Engineering)
Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) have been increasingly popularised as they capture imagination and paint exciting opportunities. The hype may result in unrealistic expectations about the readiness of technology, all while there is a persistent push towards BCI for both clinical and healthy applications.
An overview of BCIs and some recent advances will let us look beyond the hype. Development of new BCI-based therapies goes hand in hand with efforts to increase our understanding of brain activity and forces us to face fundamental questions about ourselves and our relationship with technology.