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It has often been said that the brain is the most complex structure in the universe - Have you ever wondered how on earth neuroscientists are trying to figure it all out? Come enjoy a beer and explore the brain’s connections (before the alcohol hits too strongly).
The Restless Brain
Dr. Estrid Jakobsen (Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University)
What is your brain doing when “you” are doing nothing? In recent years, neuroscientists have begun to look at the brain as more than simply an input-output system driven by the outside environment, and realized that ongoing intrinsic activity might be vitally important for making sense of the world around us. This talk will delve into the field of resting-state fMRI to reveal how neuroscientists are using scanning techniques to measure brain activity at rest and explain how spontaneous thought and daydreaming can help us study the brain’s incredibly complex connectivity and organization.
What about white-matter? Brain anatomical connectivity and why it... matters
Dr. Christopher J. Steele (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Psychiatry at McGill University Research / Group Leader - Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany)
The brain is a connected system, yet we know relatively little about the white-matter connectional anatomy that is crucial for brain function and behaviour. This presentation will explore how neuroscientists are pushing the boundaries of our understanding of brain connectional anatomy through non-invasive brain imaging, highlighting how we can gain insight into both how our brains are wired, and how training and experience can influence this wiring.