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With every new technology, we have been warned that it will be the demise of humanity: “TV will rot your brain”, and “video games will make us all violent”. In reality, technology has helped us to connect and understand each other, helped us live longer, and given us insights into what makes us human. This session will showcase how technology can be harnessed to improve our minds and bodies throughout our lives: from children learning to type, to helping an older generation keep active and prolong life.
Heads, Ankles, Feet and Minds
Dr Jen Edwards is developing new treatments for the foot and ankle, looking to relieve chronic ankle instability and prevent foot ulcers forming in diabetic patients. These treatments should provide long term regeneration, helping people to remain more active in their daily lives. She will be discussing the benefits of exercise for our minds and its potential importance as we live longer. She’ll bring in her own research which aims to treat long-term conditions in the foot and ankle which can prevent people from keeping active.
Immersive Rehabilitation: Combining Brain Interfaces, Virtual Reality and Robotics
Paul Baniqued is a final year PhD student in the Immersive Cognition lab in the School of Psychology. He has developed a robotic, virtual reality, brain-computer interface for stroke rehabilitation. He will give a quick demo of the equipment and explain how it could be used to aid stroke patients in the future.
Touch Typing for Tykes
Children live in an increasingly digital world and their use of computers has surged by necessity during the pandemic. Emily will discuss the what, how and why of touch typing for children. Along the way, we will learn why QWERTY is the standard keyboard layout, what key skills make someone fast at typing, and whether handwriting will become obsolete.
Your Host for the Evening
Dr Kathryn McGinnis (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
Kathryn will be your host for the evening, guiding you through all the talks and activities!