Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Brain Experience: Speaking of the Brain

This event last night was my first visit to the MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences. As you can see from the slideshow below, it is a beautiful building.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn this morning that one of the architects is the Goody, Clancy & Associates, a firm I had the pleasure of working with years ago.

The four lectures was informative and interesting. Perhaps due to this being their first participation in the Cambridge Science Festival, the presenter weren't used to addressing a general audience. Nevertheless, the event went off well.

Browsing through the Brain and Cognitive Sciences site. It looks like the department has lots of interesting courses offered at the MITOPENCOURSEWARE that are worthwhile pursuing.

The Brain Experience: Speaking of the Brain
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
6pm - 8pm

MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences
43 Vassar St, MIT building 46, room 3002 (Singleton auditorium)

Four Brain and Cognitive Sciences professors share their research. First, "The Magic of Vision" with Professor Aude Oliva. More than 40% of the human brain is dedicated to vision. How does the brain see the world? How much information for the world can you remember? Based on demonstrations and illusions, the lecture will illustrate the feats and failures of the visual brain. Professor Laura Schulz will present "Curiouser and Curiouser: Exploratory Play and Children's Causal Reasoning"; Professor Yingxi Lin will present "The Importance of Being Inhibited" about the development of inhibitory synapses and neurological disorders; and Professor Ki Goosens will present "The Science of Fear."

MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences
McGovern Institute for Brain Research

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