Brain Cafe

Brain CafÉ 2019

Please note: all lectures are held in German.

Brain Café - January to March 2019

Brain Cafés in the University Library (UB) of the RUB

23.01.2019
The Drumming Brain – How Drumming Alters the Brain

Dr. rer. nat. Lara Schlaffke, AG Neuroplastizität, Neurologische Klinik und Poliklinik, BG Universitätsklinikum Bergmannsheil GmbH

As a rule, people can perform fine motor tasks with either the left or the right hand very well. Professional drummers however possess the extraordinary ability to play different rhythms at very high speed with both arms and legs. Neuroscientists call this ability hand decoupling. Through years of training the musicians alter their brain structure- and function. That is, why drummers are a good example to study the mechanisms of hand decoupling in the brain. The presentation will discuss which aspects of the normal brain play an important role in motor function and which changes, by contrast, are found in the brains of drummers.

Brain Cafés begin at 6 pm in the University Library (UB), 1st floor, room 9 at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Here your will soon find a flyer for our Brain Cafés from January to March 2019 (in German).

Please register for attendance.


Brain CafÉ 2018

Brain Café - September to November 2018

Brain Cafés in the University Library (UB) of the RUB

26.09.2018
Parkinson's disease – can new treatments offer hope of a cure?

Prof. Dr. Lars Tönges, St. Josef-Hospital – Katholisches Klinikum Bochum, Klinik für Neurologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Parkinson's disease is characterised by motor symptoms such as tremor, restricted fine motor skills and limited mobility. Moreover non-motor symptoms may arise, e.g. digestive disorders, mood swings or memory impairment. The medication available can alleviate symptoms – it cannot, however, stop the chronic course of the disease. Researchers have now developed new ways of treating Parkinson's disease and it is possible that those treatments might have a healing effect. The talk will explore the potential of and the rationale behind these new therapies.

Download audio podcast (36,2 MB | 49:23 min)

31.10.2018 - Halloween Special
Diagnosis: Zombie
What neuroplasticity and degenerative conditions can tell us about the brain

Dr. Stefanie Borowy, AG Neuroplastizität, Neurologische Klinik und Poliklinik, BG UK Bergmannsheil

This talk takes you on a tour through the human brain, based on the studies of Dr. Steven C. Schlozman, Harvard lecturer and science fiction author. The psychiatrist blurs the distinction between reality and fantasy and translates the idea of zombism into a fictional neurological disorder called "Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency"-syndrome. Some symptoms of this disorder may very well derive from disturbances in specific areas of the brain – zombies can therefore serve as an interesting model for a number of neurodegenerative diseases. An excursion into the field of neuroparasitology is furthermore going to demonstrate that the concept of zombism is much closer to our reality than it might seem at first glance.

Download audio podcast (21,8 MB | 32:18 min)

21.11.2018
I don't get you – alcoholism and social cognition

PD Dr. Patrizia Thoma, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Faculty of Psychology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Alcoholism often goes hand in hand with problems in interpersonal relationships. Some of these conflicts can be traced back to the fact that those affected by alcoholism have difficulties with processing social and emotional information and with acting appropriately. A reason for this is that chronic alcohol dependency leads to changes in those areas of the brain responsible for processing social and emotional information and behaviour control. The talk will give an overview on the latest research on this topic in the field of neuropsychology.

Brain Cafés begin at 6 pm in the University Library (UB), 1st floor, room 9 at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Find here a flyer for our Brain Cafés from September to November 2018
(in German).

Please register for attendance.

Registration Brain CafÉ

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