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The brain is incredibly complex. Find out more about what, beyond the mere neurons, makes it so. Dopamine's role in the brain can be explained by a multitude of theories. See which are valid through computer simulations! This venue serves pies and bar snacks, and is fully accessible.
An affair in the brain: neurovascular yin yang
Karishma Chhabria (PhD Student)
The brain is the most energy expensive organ of our body. It consumes a lot of energy from the blood to ensure we can do our day to day tasks (such as you reading this post!). Besides that, it also forms the seat of creative thinking, and even brings in motivation to do science! How in the world is it able to cater to all complex human tasks? We now know that neurons are not the sole ‘avengers’ of brain. The ‘other brain’ as it is know by some, will be unraveled in this talk. There is more to the conventional picture of neuroscience!
Dopamine: high, low, fast, slow, what do we know?!
Dr Lars Hunger (Department of Psychology)
In my talk I will show what we do and don't know about Dopamine in the brain. Is Dopamine causing happiness? (Unlikely). Is Dopamine causing addiction? (It's probably related). What do we even know? Why do we need computer simulations when we already have model experiments, brain imaging and more? I will present my research on diffusion of Dopamine in the brain mostly by showing visualisations of my simulations and what insights can be gained by theoretical considerations and computer simulations.
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