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Everyone knows that our eyes allow us to see, and our ears allow us to hear. But do you know how these organs send their information to the brain, or how the brain processes this information in such a way that allows us to see and hear the world around us? Come along to this exciting Pint of Science event to grab a drink and hear from expert researchers about how our brain gives us our senses!
Brain imaging - revealing hidden maps in the central nervous system
The aim of my research is to understand how we use our senses of vision and touch to gather information about the world and how we use that information to make decisions. In this talk, I will explain how brain imaging can be used to measure how what we see and touch is - literally - mapped in our brains. If you have ever wondered how scientists and clinicians use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to learn more about how the healthy brains works - and what goes wrong in neurological diseases or after a stroke, come and join me for this talk.
Is attractiveness subconcious?
Myron Tsikandilakis (PhD Student)
Psychological science tells us that attractiveness relies on bilateral facial symmetry, averageness of non-sexual characteristics and non-averageness of sexual characteristics. These traits have sociobiological importance, so they are evaluated automatically and subconsciously. Now, us scientists - that let's face it are not the most handsome bunch – tried to put that theory to the test. We showed people really brief (1/20th of a second) attractive, average and unattractive people and asked them to appraise how attractive the presentation was. This talk is about what we found!
Pint of Science Organisers - What We Do
Pint of Science is organised entirely by volunteer PhD students, and this year we're stepping in front of the mic! In an exciting quick-fire round of talks, the 4 organisers of the Beautiful Mind theme - Marcus, Abi, Zoe & Emma - will give an overview of what they spend their days researching in the lab. Covering a wide range of cutting-edge neuroscience research topics including stroke, schizophrenia, pain processing and growing brain cells in cultures, this is sure to be an exciting end to the festival that you won't want to miss!