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Making Sense of the World

Step-free access throughout the pub. Over 18s only. Advance ticket purchases recommended.
Past event - 2019
20 May Doors 7:00pm
Event 7.30-9.30pm
Step-free access
Spirits Bar, 6 Hotel St,
Leicester LE1 5AW
Join us at the Spirits Bar to find out how our brains comprehend the world around us: why we have "what if" thoughts about alternate outcomes, how we can use eye movements to understand what goes on when we’re reading, and how the cells in our brain communicate.

Enjoy Happy Hour for the whole night! 2 cocktails for £10.

“Coulda, woulda, shoulda”: The link between your thoughts, actions and emotions

Dr Caren Frosch (Lecturer in Psychology, University of Leicester)
We often think about how things could have turned out differently, e.g., ‘if I had forgotten my umbrella I would have been soaked’. But what is the purpose of these ‘if only’ thoughts and do they affect our behaviour and how we feel? I will argue that there is a certain predictability to how we think ‘if only’ but that we can influence how we feel by guiding these ‘if only’ thoughts. I will also present evidence that young children may not fully understand us when we present them with these “coulda, woulda, shoulda” messages.

Snapshots from the eyes: Using eye movements to understand how we read

Dr Ascen Pagan (Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Leicester)
Dr Kayleigh Warrington (Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Leicester )
Dr Sarah White (Associate Professor, University of Leicester)
At any one time, we can only view a small part of the text in detail, so we move our eyes in order to provide a series of visually detailed snapshots that we then cleverly integrate together. I will explain how we use our eyes when we read, and how eye movements can be used to reveal the mechanisms underlying how we read. Then two post-doctoral researchers in my group, Kayleigh Warrington and Ascensión Pagán, will explain more about some of the exciting research projects currently underway in our laboratory.

Bubbles of thought: How the brain communicates

Dr Vincenzo Marra (Doctor of Neuroscience)
Our brains are made of a huge number of cells that talk with each other to control our bodies and behaviours. We will see how brain cells are connected by extremely small structures called synapses. Synapses use little bubbles filled with substances, called neurotransmitters, to transform electrical signals into chemical ones. This process is the basis of how we perceive the world around us and interact with it.
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