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Our Changing World events, 2019 - Communication inside the brain: towards a new understanding

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Our Changing World events, 2019 - Communication inside the brain: towards a new understanding

Tuesday, 1 October, 2019 - 18:30 to 19:45
50 George Square, lecture theatre G.03 Edinburgh EH8 9JU
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1st Oct: Melanie Stefan, Lecturer

(Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences).

The human brain consists of roughly 100 billion neurons, which between them form 100 trillion connections. Those connections allow neurons to exchange chemical and electrical information and to assemble into networks that allow us to do complex and magnificent things, such as tying our shoelaces or remembering what we had for breakfast. But how exactly does all this work? And how can we even begin to understand it? Join us for a tour of recent insights gained through experimental research and computer simulations and meet a tiny worm who, despite having only a few hundred neurons, turns out to be surprisingly clever.