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What actually are memories, and how, when and where are they stored? Are there really internal clocks in our bodies that can sense the time of day? Are certain people hardwired towards psychopathic tendencies or are these learned behaviours that could be reversed? Tonight we will hear from 3 top scientists who aim to answer these questions and more! Prepare for some extremely interesting discussion! During the event there will be games and special Pint of Science goodies to be won! This event will be held on the first floor.
To Sleep, Perchance, To Dream: How we dream to remember during sleep
Dr Daniel Bendor (Lecturer)
You did it last night, and you will do it again tonight. And you're not alone, because every organism with a brain needs to do it: sleep. For something so critical to our well-being, it's remarkable that we don't understand why we need sleep. What our brain is doing during sleep hints at what many neuroscientists believe to be a fundamental role of sleep. This talk will cover the critical role of sleep in consolidating memories by looking at brain activity during sleep. How are memories revisited while sleeping, and do our memories depend on what we "dream" about?
Why can you drink more in the evenings? Your liver knows the time of day.
Professor David Whitmore (Professor of Chronobiology)
Our internal clocks control our biology so that critical events occur at the best time of day. Body temperature and blood pressure fall at night, as the desire to sleep increases. And our livers turn on the enzymes necessary to break down alcohol in the early evening, leading to a longer and less drunken social life. Things go slightly "wrong" when we fly away on holiday, and our clocks are now incorrectly set to local time (jet-lag), a possible factor leading to increased English drunken behaviour and sun burn!
The Psychopath Myth
Dr Dan Reisel (Research Associate)
There is a widespread view that there are certain people whose brains are different from ours, and who due to that are capable of acts of evil the rest of us would never contemplate. Drawing on his experience at Wormwood Scrubs Prison, Dan Reisel will question this myth in the light of striking recent neuroscientific findings.