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Join us at the Lion & Snake as we find out about how our brains can be tricked into changing our experiences of our own bodies, and the latest insights into the Black Death. With interactive demos, you could even win some Pint of Science goodies!
Messing with the mind – manipulating our body experiences
Our brain puts together feedback from our senses, along with information about how our bodies should look and feel. Sometimes these processes can go wrong, giving the sensation of an extra limb, the belief that body parts do not belong to us, or the feeling that someone else is controlling our actions. By using a system called the MIRAGE we can play with the information that our brain receives about our bodies and create illusory experiences that allow us to investigate these clinical conditions. This talk will introduce the audience to the world of somatosensory disorders and body illusions.
Catching the Black Death – latest news and views on history’s biggest killer
This talk by a University of Lincoln professor well-known from Channel 4’s long running archaeological series, 'Time Team', will show how our understanding of the origins and impact of the Black Death is being transformed by recent new research. This talk will show how new evidence is throwing new light on the causes and scale of the Black Death’s catastrophic impact on medieval society - and also on its long-term effects on the world we inhabit today. The audience will be invited to consider what can be done to stop history’s biggest killer striking again…