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Open your mind on a Monday night and reveal how your brain isn't always on your side (even when you're sleeping).
Listen Carefully: Auditory Illusions and Tricks
Dr Cynthia Siew (Research Fellow)
In this talk we will explore how and why our brain tricks us into hearing things that don't always match up with the actual sound that is presented to us. Listen carefully and be fascinated by many famous auditory illusions studied by psychologists and language scientists. Come along to this talk by Cynthia to discover how several sound-based illusions work and what those illusions tell us about how our hearing system works.
The Importance of Sleep
Dr Anna Joyce (Research Associate)
Did you know you'll spend around a third of your life sleeping? Some of us can fall asleep at the drop of the hat, while others of us seem to struggle to sleep at all. But we all need sleep to stay physically and mentally fit. In fact, sleep problems can cause all kinds of cognitive and physical problems, affecting our attention and memory, as well as upsetting appetite control and insulin tolerance. In this talk, Anna will discuss the importance of sleep, the risks of sleep problems, and some top tips for getting a good night's sleep
Cognitive Science of Creativity and Imagination
Dr Valerie Van Mulukom (Research Associate)
What makes someone creative? Can we expand our imagination? Are people who daydream more creative? Do we become more imaginative when we are absorbed in fiction? Valerie's research examines how imagination and creativity work in the brain, and what creative and imaginative individuals are like. Through a series of psychological experiments, she has investigated how we generate creative ideas, how we pick the best out of those ideas, and how vivid images pull us into our imaginations, allowing us to create a multitude of mental worlds.
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