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Michael Friedlander, PhD, Executive Director, and Jamie Tyler, PhD, Assistant Professor
Brain School: How Brains Make Sense of the World
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute will host Brain School as part of Brain Awareness Week on the evenings of Monday, March 11 through Thursday, March 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
In this seminar, students will learn how three of the primary senses—vision, hearing, and touch—transform energy from the world around us into meaningful information for processing by the brain. The speakers will discuss how the eyes, ears, and skin detect the quality and nature of sensory signals as well as the nature of various types of sensory maps in the brain. In addition to normal sensation, several examples of how brains adapt to diseases and injuries that affect how we make sense of our external worlds will be considered. Although the presentation will focus on the human brain, the speakers will also offer examples of extreme sensory perception among other creatures.
Brain School is free, yet preregistration is required as space is limited.