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Mind the body: How the brain perceives our bodies

First floor, sorry there is no step free access
Past event - 2019
20 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30pm-9.30pm
Sekforde Arms, 34 Sekforde Street, Clerkenwell,
London EC1R 0HA
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We all have a body, right? Our body is part of our identity, it’s our tool to feel and perceive the world around us and importantly, ourselves. Tonight, three scientists will explain us how the brain perceives our own body, other bodies and how we use our body to perceive emotions and experience beauty in art.

During the event, there will be games and fun activities with many special Pint of Science surprise gifts for you!

Being Human! With a deep body in mind

Professor Manos Tsakiris (Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway and The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study)
Each one of us is born with one body, a body that is experienced as ours throughout life, a defining feature of who we are. But as cases of patients with neurological damage or mental health issues reveal, the ways in which our brains represent our bodies rely on an intricate and delicate web of connections across different brain areas and also different bodily organs. Thinking about and experimenting with the different ways we have at our disposal to become aware of our bodies reveals the elusive yet inescapable origins of who we are.

How do our brains perceive emotions?

Vasiliki Meletaki (PhD Student, City, University of London)
Emotion is an essential part of our everyday life. When we communicate with other people, we use facial expressions to show our emotions and to perceive the emotions of the other person. We have associated different bodily sensations (e.g. high heartbeat or butterflies in the belly) with different emotions. How exactly do our brains perceive emotions though? Are we all equally skilled in emotion perception? Or do specific characteristics and personality traits influence our understanding?

A Short Story About Brains, Bodies and Art.

Beatriz Calvo-Merino, PhD (Reader in Psychology, City, University of London)
What happens inside our brain when we are exposed to art is a question that fascinates neuroscientist. Whether we are actively searching for an aesthetic experience, or mesmerized by the beauty of the art in front of us, the brain is in the centre of these experiences. Here we tell a story about how our brain perceives other people in arts, such as a dancer in the theatre or a body in a painting. We explore the concepts of aesthetic embodiment and discuss if aesthetic experience is different from feeling any other emotion.
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