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The National Research Foundation launched its Science for Society Lecture Series in 2012 in an effort to help bridge the divide that exists between science and community issues and to help society relate to how science, research and technology positively impact on our day-to-day lives and on future generations. Through this lecture series, the organisation seeks to showcase the work of NRF-funded researchers and other beneficiaries of research funding in general, addressing real challenges that are facing South Africa today.

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The Parental Brain: New Insights from Brain Imaging

Speaker: Professor Morten Kringelbach
Wednesday, 6 December, 2017
Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, 6 Jubilee Road, Parktown, Johannesburg

For many people becoming a parent is one of life’s most rewarding and transformative experiences, yet until recently  little was known about how this experience  changes the brain. In this lecture Professor Kringelbach of Aarhus and Oxford  Universities will share new insights into how fast brain signatures (rapid spread of neural activity) are evoked by the sight  and sounds of babies. He will also talk about how cuteness of infants – as a protective survival mechanism – shapes human  lives. He will speak about cutting-edge research using new technologies in brain imaging that reveal specific areas in the brain that control the caregiving instinct.

Professor Kringelbach’s prize-winning research uses neuroimaging and whole-brain computational models of, for example,  responses to infants, taste, sex, drugs and music to find ways to increase eudaimonia (well-being).

This lecture is part of the Brain Matters Seminars Series, funded by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human  Development and the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS), and supported by the Wits Cortex Club,  and the Southern African Neuroscience Society. The lecture will be presented in partnership with SAfm and the  Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

DATE: Wednesday 6 December 2017
TIME: 17:30 for refreshments, followed by the lecture at 18:30
VENUE: Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, 6 Jubilee Road, Parktown, Johannesburg
RSVP: by 30 November
  Please click HERE to register your attendance


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Speaker: Biography of Dr Jane Olwoch
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