A lecture series on advances in neuroscience research presented by the Toronto Public Library and York University’s Faculties of Health and Science.
Your Brain in Action
Dr. Denise Henriques (Kinesiology and Health Science)
Humans surpass all other animals and robots when it comes to the diversity and malleability of movements produced — we are the world’s most versatile movers. Dr. Henriques explains how the brain’s remarkable control systems make this possible.
- Toronto Reference Library, January 21, 2015 at 6:30-8 pm
When Proteins Go Rogue: Structural Disorder in Neurological Disease
Dr. Derek Wilson (Chemistry)
Within each of the neurons in your brain, an intricate network of protein interactions maintains cell function. Dr. Wilson discusses what happens when one of the “hubs” in this network becomes malformed.
- Don Mills Branch, February 25, 2015 at 7-8 pm
The Beautiful Brain: How Do We See the World?
Dr. Georg Zoidl (Biology/Psychology)
Whether marvelling at a work of art or engaging in daily routine, our visual sense and powerful brain let us react with adequate behaviours. Dr. Zoidl explains what our perception of the physical world means for us as individuals and social beings.
- North York Central Branch, March 4, 2015 at 7-8 pm
Memories in the Malleable Mind
Dr. Kari Hoffman (Psychology)
The neurons in our brain are in a constant state of chatter, and it is dynamic and flexible. Why, then, do we think of the brain as fixed, or “hard wired”? Dr. Hoffman explores the neuroscience of learning and remembering. Some new tricks provided, BYOOD(bring your own old dog).
- Brentwood Branch, March 11, 2015 at 7-8 pm
How We See in 3D
Dr. Laurie Wilcox (Psychology)
We use 3D depth perception in many ways from catching a ball to walking down stairs, threading a needle or watching a 3D movie. Dr. Wilcox discusses how our brains interpret depth and distance in the world around us.
- Deer Park Branch, March 24, 2015 at 2-3 pm
Brain Networks and Mental Illness
Dr. Thilo Womelsdorf (Biology)
Neuroscience is revealing how our everyday experiences depend on functioning networks of brain cells. Dr.Womelsdorf presents new research that shows when these networks malfunction, the result is faulty brain function, which argues for rethinking the causes of mental illness.
- Danforth/Coxwell Branch, March 25, 2015 at 7-8 pm