Harnessing the Brain -- The Future of Cognitive Neuroscience - Dr. Laura Cacciamani

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 1:00pm - 3:00pm SLO Senior Center, Assembly Hall

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Gone are the days of simply looking at brain activity using fMRIs.

At a time when many young scientists find themselves working in areas that are overcrowded and under-funded, the fast-emerging field of cognitive neuroscience offers a bracing contrast. The field these days is about as hot as they get, not least because it offers a very real chance to solve one of the most fundamental mysteries of science: how the mind arises from the brain.

The latest research in cognitive neuroscience seeks to understand the brain in new, advanced ways, such as through brain stimulation, neural mind reading, and even brain-computer interfaces. But what does this mean for the future? How can we harness what we know about the brain to improve lives? What about ethical considerations?

This talk will explore the present and future of cognitive neuroscience and what to expect with new and improved brain 2.0.

Dr Cacciamani is in Department of Psychology & Child Development at California Polytechnic State University. Her research focuses on multisensory perception and memory (in other words, how we understand the world around us through our senses), using cognitive neuroscience methods such as fMRI and neurostimulation. After receiving her PhD, she had a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco where she explored the neural underpinnings of tactile perception in the blind and visually impaired using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)

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