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The physics of brain imaging: a window on autism, shopping and learning

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19:00 – 20:00 12 Jan 2010
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Pevensey I, lecture hall 01A7, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QH

Speakers: Professor Stephen Swithenby

Over the last 40 years physicists, aided and abetted by engineers and computer scientists, have developed many new ways of studying the living brain. First came structural imaging instruments followed by a new generation of systems that could image brain function.
I will review these methods and describe how the enormous magnetic-field sensitivity of superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) can be exploited to measure the currents flowing in the brain. The talk will also explain how SQUIDs throw light on the neurophysiological basis of autism, and will describe current studies of the decision-making processes involved in shopping and how the brain changes as we learn symbolic mathematics.
The lecture will last for approximately one hour, after which there will be coffee, tea and a chance to meet the speaker.
Everybody is welcome, entrance is free and there is no need to reserve a place.

Event type: Event
Organised by: South Central Branch
Contact details: Dr Simon JM Peeters
Email: S.J.M.Peeters@sussex.ac.uk

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