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This evening you will learn about how humans read, recognise faces and also identify emotion and how people pick up on the emotion in faces.
How faces are special for the brain?
Professor Changhong Liu (Professor in Psychology)
The human face plays an essential role in our social life. We rely on the face to recognise people, to understand their emotions and feelings. We also rely on the face to judge people’s age, gender, and attractiveness. Through interactive demos, my talk will explain how the human brain has evolved to perform these remarkable feats in drastically different ways from it perceives and recognises generic non-face objects in the environment.
How to read worse
Dr Bernhard Angele (Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University)
In today’s information-based society, reading as a skill has never been more important. As a consequence, the number of techniques, courses, and apps purporting to improve reading performance has increased dramatically. Unfortunately, many of the products on offer do anything but improve your reading. Bernhard will outline a few sure-fire ways to worsen your reading performance (and, in many cases, waste your money), from reading apps to speed-reading courses and “focus” playlists. Bernhard will also give some general advice on good reading environments.
Emotion and cognition in brain injury
Dr Shanti Shanker (Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology at Bournemouth University)
In this talk, Shanti will specifically discuss how counseling and rehabilitation are often adapted for people with brain injury. Focusing on how simple approaches can help cope with everyday emotional changes post Brain injury and/or traumatic experiences. So using simple neuroscience aspects, adapting the brain process and supporting everyday activities.