Who's Driving Brain Research?

"Our understanding of the mind has come a long way in the past few centuries, but there are still huge gaps in our knowledge. There is little consensus and more than a little competition for research funding.

Making a big splash in recent news are the nanotechnologists and neuroinformatics engineers behind big projects such as the US BRAIN initiative, which aims to record ever richer data streams from living brains, and the European Human Brain Project, which aims to recreate a virtual human brain in its entirety. But technology isn’t, and has never been, the whole story.

Who will frame the questions to interrogate these technological platforms? Who will develop the theoretical frameworks within which these questions reside? How can we bridge the gaps between measuring what the brain does and understanding why it does it?

Through a series of short talks and open dialogue, we will consider this story and the role cognitive and behavioural psychologists play within it."


This event takes place from 19h00 to 21h00. Let's meet at 18h45 at Dana Centre's Café (inside, on the lower floor). I'll be carrying a Meetup sign so that you can find me more easily.

The entry is free, but you need to book a ticket in advance:
Call [masked] or e-mail [masked]

BE FAST TO BOOK A TICKET. THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY.

More info: http://www.danacentre.org.uk/events/2014/03/12/724

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  • Sanjay M.

    Hi all. Unfortunately I can't get a ticket either, but I look forward to future events. I thought you might all be interested in the following global project - http://humanmind.ac.uk/ - led be Prof Colin Blakemore at the Institute of Philosophy. Manna from heaven for scientartists, as the project seeks an understanding of the human mind through integrating science and the humanities . Launch event was in December 2013, with more events to come !

    1 · March 12, 2014

    • Sanjay M.

      Hi Catia. You're welcome. I know that the website was undergoing maintenance yesterday. Try again today; for sure if you google "human mind project" and click on humanmind.ac.uk/ you should be directed to the site.

      March 13, 2014

    • Cátia

      Yes, it's working now. I love this initiative! Really eager to see the future events :)

      March 13, 2014

  • Janice

    This was a fabulous gathering of scientists who presented their amazing research and findings in the field of neuroscience. Thanks Catia.

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Alisa G.

    Hi, I have 3 tickets if anyone needs them. I cant go due to chickenpox :(

    March 12, 2014

    • Cátia

      I hope you get well soon!

      March 12, 2014

  • Cátia

    For those of you who weren't able to make it: there were some very interesting presentations on topics ranging from the application of optogenetics and other techniques to the study of neural activity... to the relationship between activation of the dopaminergic reward pathway and socialisation and empathy in people with autism.

    I have no materials I can send you, but if you're interested in the research, you can check each researcher's page at their respective institutions. They did mention the Mind Maps exhibition that will be at the Science Museum until August, so I'll organise a visit there soon. http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/Plan_your_visit/exhibitions/mind_maps.aspx

    March 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Catia, thanks for organising this. Great talk. Sorry have to go

    1 · March 12, 2014

    • Cátia

      Thank you for coming! Hope to see you again on a future meetup :)

      March 12, 2014

  • darryl B.

    Great talk shame I was late and had to leave at the break, long day at work:)

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Cátia

    There's a small group of us to the left of the bar, last three rows of chairs...

    March 12, 2014

  • Janice

    I am here.

    March 12, 2014

    • Cátia

      I'm here as well. By the bar, black coat.

      March 12, 2014

    • David

      Sorry catia, got confused with the date, over worked. I thought it was tomorrow. Sorry, its too late now to attend

      March 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Catia am here, are you ?

    March 12, 2014

  • Fiona

    Looks like i cant make if. Sorry, i only got confirmation i had a ticket a short while ago. Im happy to email ticket

    March 12, 2014

  • Fiona

    Looks like i cant make if. Sorry, i only got confirmation i had a ticket a short while ago. Im happy to email ticket

    March 12, 2014

  • Guy

    Can't come now cos of work. Happy to forward my e-ticket to someone else.

    March 12, 2014

  • Ryan

    Too late on tickets, but see you at a future event...

    March 12, 2014

  • Gwyneth Wesley R.

    I cannot attend this event, but I am deeply interested in the topic. Would be great if there are any handouts or materials that could be posted here after the talk.

    March 10, 2014

    • Cátia

      Hi, Gwyneth! If they provide us with any printed materials, I'll digitalise them and share them here.

      March 10, 2014

  • Fiona

    Couldnt get a ticket!

    March 10, 2014

  • richard

    on the waiting list so see how it goes

    March 7, 2014

    • Carolyn

      I have a booking I cannot use. Do you want it?

      March 7, 2014

    • Katie

      Hi Carolyn, I will take the booking if Richard cannot - thank you!

      March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, I didn't manage to book a ticket and is fully booked now. If anyone is not attending , please let me know. Many thanks

    March 1, 2014

    • Carolyn

      I have a ticket which I can't use after all. Do you want it?

      March 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That is very kind Carolyn but someone else offered me one so am covered now. Thank you for the thought

      March 7, 2014

  • Michael

    Pity I am working until 7:30pm so I would miss the lecture by time I get there even on motorbike!

    February 16, 2014

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