The Big Idea? Exploring the human brain

It holds the power to think, to feel, to speak, to dream, to act. Discover the complexity and capabilities of the human brain as the Friday Center hosts a series about the most unique organ in the animal kingdom.

Lectures are $10 each, or the series of five is $30. All programs are held at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center for Continuing Education. Admission is free for students, K-12 or college, who show a student I.D.

The series begins Thursday, April 5, as Richard Murrow, director of the Neuromodulation Program, discusses the brain’s inner workings in his presentation, “The Structure and Function of the Human Brain.”

On April 12, professor Kevin Guskiewicz, recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” will speak about the consequences and treatment of sports-related brain injuries in his talk, “The Science and Technology of Sport Concussion: Translating Data Collection into Concussion Prevention.”

William Lycan, the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Philosophy, will investigate consciousness in his April 19 presentation, “Is Consciousness Merely Neurological?” This presentation will isolate the issues that have made some philosophers insist that consciousness cannot simply be a matter of what happens in the brain.

Why can those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury sing before they can speak? Why are people who suffer from Alzheimer’s unable to carry on a conversation, but able to sing along to every word to “Tennessee Waltz?” On April 26, music therapist Elizabeth Fawcett will explore the universal power of music and its effect on the brain in “Reaching the Brain through Music.”

Finally, on May 3, assistant professor of psychology Kelly Giovanello will present “Making Memories.” The talk will delve into the cognitive processes that work together to create memory, as well as specify how these processes change with healthy aging and neurodegenerative disease (particularly Alzheimer’s disease).

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Published March 27, 2012.