Programme

Programme Neurociència

Neuroscience for all in Barcelona

A wide variety of activities are organised at venues all over the city, throughout the year, with the aim of taking neuroscience outside the rarefied atmosphere of experts and research to encourage the participation of all members of the general public. The programme will include talks, exhibitions, science fairs, workshops and great festive events generated by the intersection between neuroscience and different cultural fields. This intersection will produce such interesting pairings as:

Neuroscience and society: Humans are a fundamentally social species. Neuroscience is essential in helping us to understand how social and behavioural processes are enacted, both within the human species and in other species.

Neuroscience and the law: In 2012, we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first Spanish Constitution (Cadiz, 1812). This offers an excellent opportunity to discuss how the new discoveries of neuroscience could influence the way we make laws, punish criminals or design rehabilitation.

Neuroscience and the "id": To what extent do we really know ourselves? What do we know about our preferences, beliefs and opinions? How do they emerge and prevail over the opinions of others? What do neuroscience and philosophy have to say on this subject?.

Neuroscience and economics: Neuroeconomics focuses on how the brain works when we weigh up and categorise risks and rewards and in our interaction with people with regard to marketing and economic decisions. Classical neuroimaging and psychophysical techniques play a crucial role in experiments designed to help us understand how decisions are reached.

Neuroscience and education: Improving education is a priority for contemporary society. How can recent discoveries in neuroscience contribute to testing and developing new educational models?

Neuroscience and literature: Literary portrayals of such mental states as love, beauty and hate can be very powerful. What do neuroscientists and writers have to say about how the primary instincts are represented in the brain and on paper?

Neuroscience and music: We know today that musical practice alters psychophysical states, cognition and even the synaptic physiology. Study of the cognitive aspects of the perception and production of music is an exciting field, as is the development of methods to investigate the neuronal, psychological and behavioural principles behind perception, emotion and cognition.

Neuroscience and the visual arts: Many scientists are convinced that painters are, at heart, neuroscientists who study the brain’s visual system through techniques unique to them. In reality, the challenges that an artist tackles when attempting to represent the world around are the same as those faced by the brain when it seeks to make sense of the image that is formed on the retina.

Neuroscience and the movement arts: Researchers today are working with artists on new forms and choreographies based on the results of investigation into how the brain works.

Neuroscience and magic: How is the sensation created that enables something that we know to be impossible nevertheless to seem real? Magic tricks deceive us because the processes of attention and awareness can be manipulated. Some of the world’s best magicians have allowed scientists to study the techniques they use to trick the brain in what has developed into a new discipline: neuromagic.

 

Interesting webs

  • Barcelona Cultura

    Barcelona Cultura

  • Obra Social La Caixa

    Obra Social La Caixa

  • Sociedad Española de NeuroCiencia

    Sociedad Española de NeuroCiencia

  • Institut de Neurociències UAB

    Institut de Neurociències UAB

  • Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante

    Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante

  • Centre de Regulacio Genòmica

    Centre de Regulacio Genòmica

  • The Dana Foundation

    The Dana Foundation

  • Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

    Federation of European Neuroscience Societies