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The University of Southampton
Institute for Life Sciences

Second Annual Neuroscience Outreach Meeting Event

Time:
11:30 - 14:00
Date:
17 November 2011
Venue:
11.30 - 12.50 - Level 6 and 7, Life Sciences Building (85) 13.00 - 14.00 - Lecture Theatre 1027, Nightingale Building (67)

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Debbie Buck on 023 8059 4420 or email db5@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

The Southampton Neuroscience Group is hosting an outreach meeting for Year 12 students, 11.30 - 2pm, on Thursday 17th November.

The aim of this event is to showcase research highlights in Neuroscience at the University of Southampton. It will encompass research into neurodegenerative disease, alcohol dependency, human behaviour and animal models of disease. It will incorporate a few hands-on demonstrations and we hope this will be of interest to your students who are considering careers in biomedical research. It will also illustrate the number of different outreach projects that we have in progress and provide an opportunity for new schools and groups to get involved.

The focal point of the day will be a special guest lecture given by Professor Nick Donnelly from the School of Psychology. He will present a talk entitled 'Using vision science to help in the search for guns and bombs in X-ray images.' This research was a popular attraction at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition this year. About the lecture Professor Donnelly writes: 'In our research, we have studied how the visual system searches for both simple and complex visual objects. In this talk, I will describe these experiments and their critical findings. By applying this information outside of the laboratory, I will demonstrate the value of psychological studies of human vision to a key problem in security screening, the detection of guns and bombs.' Programme available here.

If you would like to attend the meeting please contact Debbie Buck by Monday November 7th with the name of the school / college and the individuals attending.

Speaker information

Professor Nick Donnelly,Professor Donnelly's research interests span a broad range of issues in visual cogntion. He has published papers on the basic psychological and neural mechanisms of face perception, visual grouping and visual search and has also explored how these processes operate in the real world in the context of searching for threat objects in x-ray images.

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