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Heroes of Neurons: celebrating Brain Awareness Week

Department of Psychology hosts thought-provoking events to mark Brain Awareness Week

by George Wigmore

PhD students in the Department of Psychology are running a series of talks and an interactive exhibition to mark Brain Awareness Week.

Organised by Paula Rowe and Cassandra Bland, and running between the 14 to 18 March at City University London, the Heroes of Neurons project has secured the prestigious support of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS). One of the successful 36 applications, the event is part of a series taking part in 23 countries across Europe.

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign that aims to promote brain research and the progress in diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s and depression.

The “Brains at Work” series at City includes  the opening event where  Professor Jamie Ward from Sussex University will  discuss synesthesia  and the multi-sensory brain , followed later in the week by a Speed Science Q&A session with four leading experts being quizzed on their research. The final session will see neuroscientist Dr Carien van Reekum from Reading University talk about the brain, emotion regulation and well-being with Dr Paul Flaxman from City University London talking about well-being at work.

Speaking about the event series, Paula Rowe, a PhD student in the Department of Psychology, said:

“Brain Awareness Week provides us a great opportunity to talk about the  brain and make people more aware of the incredible discoveries that have been made recently. The human brain is the centre of our world, and throughout the week people will be able to learn more about things as diverse as synesthesia, emotion, and also well-being at work. We also have an interactive exhibition and hope that the series of events will inspire people to learn more about the wonders of the human mind.”

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