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Join us as we explore the connections of the brain and discover how they shape every day of our lives. Matthias Gruber takes us through how we build new connections and how these help us learn and develop throughout our lives. Liam Gray will then explain the consequences of when our neurones get out of control and lead to neurological disease. This venue is wheelchair accessible.
Your Brain on Curiosity
Dr Matthias Gruber (Lecturer, Neuroscience, CUBRIC, Cardiff University)
Matthias Gruber is a cognitive neuroscientist at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC). He investigates why we remember some things better than others. Recently, Matthias has become interested in how curiosity might benefit learning. He will discuss how curiosity energizes the brain and why a curious brain learns even uninteresting information better. Curiosity comes with positive side effects that we should try to harness in our daily lives. His work on curiosity has been featured in media outlets around the world, including The Guardian and The Washington Post.
The Neurology of Epilepsy
Professor Liam Gray (Professor, Functional Neurosurgery, Neurosciences & Mental Health Research Institute, Cardiff University)
Liam Gray is Cardiff University's Professor of Functional Neurosurgery and is an internationally renowned expert in epilepsy. This talk will give a first-hand perspective on this devastating disease, how it can change our view of the brain, and the innovative new therapies Cardiff is developing to fight it.