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Neuroscience: A Tour of the Human Brain In 5 Recent Discoveries With Professor William Penny From University of East Anglia

January 17 @ 11:10 - 12:00

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In this Neuroscience session, William Penny, Professor in Psychology in the School of Psychology at University of East Anglia, will run an interactive talk for students on A Tour of the Human Brain in 5 Recent Discoveries.

This talk will describe recent advances in human brain science including (i) how specialised neurons in the brain (“grid cells”), previously  known to be involved in spatial navigation, are now thought to underly relational thinking, (ii) how representations of events experienced during the day are replayed at high speed during sleep (to help us learn), (iii) how similar processes also take place during quiet wakefulness (with implications for how we should structure our lives), (iv) how clinical trials of psychedelic medication combined with psychotherapy are effective in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, and (v) how advances in artificial intelligence are helping us understand how different brain systems (language and vision) might work.

The session will develop thinking, skills and approaches to support students in their Biology/Psychology studies and future aspirations.


Lecturer Profile: Professor William Penny


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology and related disciplines. Student groups as well as students and teachers joining individually are very welcome.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Zoom and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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January 17
11:10 - 12:00
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