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Brain Storm

THU 16, 23 AND 30 SEP, AND 7 AND 14 OCT – 19:30 TO 21:30


Tom de Graaf, PhD

Assistant Professor Cognitive Neuroscience, UM

The brain continues to excite us all; scientists as well as the general public. That’s not surprising, given the following two undisputed facts: 1) the brain is the most complex functional structure in the universe we know of, and 2) we all have one! In this series, you will get to know your brain, and the storm that rages inside it every second of every minute of every day, from before you were born until the time of your passing. Our brains have created statues and statutes, skyscrapers and sublime art. It is a social brain. It is a smart brain. Perhaps it’s time you got to know it...


The individual lectures

1. Myths and Methods (16 Sep)
Debunking some brain fables, providing a solid foundation for a better understanding of the brain (brain basics) and how we study it in 2021 (brain tools).

2. Neurons to Networks (23 Sep)
Learn how the brain actually works! From the smallest information processing units to organised ensemble activity.

3. Perception and Action (30 Sep)
Understanding how the brain processes information from the world around us, reveals that the brain is a prediction machine.

4. Consciousness and free will (7 Oct)
Do we know the neural basis of our experience and humanity? Do we have free will?

5. Brain reading and brain treating (14 Oct)
The range of realistic applications of brain imaging (brain reading) and brain modulation (brain treating) outside of science.

Cost of the whole series
UM students for free
UM employees and students from other schools €12.50
Others €25

Registration for attending online: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/sg


16 September 2021

19:30 - 21:30

1. Myths and Methods

23 September 2021

19:30 - 21:30

2. Neurons to Networks

30 September 2021

19:30 - 21:30

3. Perception and Action

07 October 2021

19:30 - 21:30

4. Consciousness and free will

14 October 2021

19:30 - 21:30

5. Brain reading and brain treating