Heroes of Neurons: celebrating Brain Awareness Week
Department of Psychology hosts thought-provoking events to mark Brain Awareness Week
Students in the Department of Psychology are running a series of talks themed around ‘Exploring the Brain’ to mark Brain Awareness Week, which 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.
Organised by Nareg Khachatoorian, and running between the 13 to 17 March at City, the series includes three talks.
At the opening event, Professor John Rothwell from UCL will talk about how we can we create virtual lesions in the brain to understand how the brain works, particularly motor control, by using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
The second event, which involves Dr Corinna Haenschel and Dr Danai Dima from the Department of Psychology at City, will discuss finding associations between brain regions and functions. In particular, these experts in the field of neuroimaging will explain the techniques and benefits of electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Additionally, they will describe how we can use these two methods complement each other.
These events are followed by a Speed Science Q&A session with four leading experts being quizzed on their research.
Speaking about the event series, Nareg Khachatoorian, a PhD student in the Department of Psychology, said:
“Brain Awareness Week provides us with a great opportunity to talk about the brain and make people more aware of the incredible discoveries that have been made recently. The aim of the events are to tell the general public how scientists learn about the brain and its functions. In more technical terms, the aim is to describe the methods used in Cognitive Neuroscience such as brain stimulation and imaging techniques."