Monday April 30 2007

Windows to the Brain

Dr Kristen Pammer

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The human brain, which controls every single aspect of who we are, has approximately 60 trillion connections. Now, for the first time, we have the technology to see the brain as we think, allowing us to begin to understand how and why we behave the way we do.Dr Kristen Pammer will show how new brain imaging techniques are helping to understand dyslexia: how poor visual processing might make it difficult to read. She will also discuss synaesthesia, where a person makes unusual sensory combinations such as associating colours, shapes or tastes with sounds, letters or numbers. Seeing how the brain works can gives us some new understanding of how and why the brain makes these unusual connections in some people.

  • Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Doors Open at 6 pm)
  • Venue: Ithaca auditorium, City Hall
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, and Kristen will be available to answer any questions.
  • Questions? Contact Joel (0411 267 044 or joel@BrisScience.org).

Dr Kristen Pammer is a researcher in the School of Psychology at The Australian National University. She works with dyslexic children and their parents, and she has also travelled the world working at leading neuroscience institutes in Japan, Finland, and England. Now that Australia’s first Magnetoencephalographic neuroimaging system has been completed, however, she plans to put an end to her globe trotting.

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