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By David Hungate

VTCRI Brain School begins tonight and continues on Wednesday and Thursday.

Brain School events continue today

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s sixth annual Brain School, Hijacking and Augmenting the Brain: Drugs, Bugs, and Devices, will focus on how outside factors can influence the brain’s chemistry and decision-making capacity and how the brain can interface with the outside world through digital devices.

The school will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, through Thursday, March 15, with each evening focusing on a different topic as a part of an international Brain Awareness Week campaign.

This year’s Brain School will mix panel discussions with interactive lecture-style presentations, with a different topic featured each evening. A welcoming reception will precede each brain school class at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lectures and panel discussions at 6 p.m. A special student exhibit will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15.

• Tuesday, March 13, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: “The Nature of Addiction”

• Wednesday, March 14, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: “Brain Invasion: How Small Things Have Big Consequences”

• Thursday, March 15, 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: “Student Science at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute”

• Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: “Kids’ Night: Digital Devices and Development”