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Biosoc is pleased to announce our highlight of the semester, the second biannual Big Brain Seminar. We are delighted to welcome two distinguished neuroscientists to discuss the elusive innermost workings of the most marvelous organ in the body. Mysteries of human behaviour will be explained by delving into the mechanisms of decision making and how understanding it can be used to our advantage.This event will consist of two humorous and entertaining talks followed by discussion, debate and conversation. This year's speakers are:
Associate Professor John O'Connor, Conway Institute, UCD Risk Taking and Addiction in Teenagers: What is going on in their heads?John is a former head of neuroscience in UCD and associate professor in the School of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science. Known for his wit and entertaining style of lecturing, he is beloved by scores of biology students, who have been known to attend his lectures in modules they are not even enrolled in. A Conway Fellow and prolific researcher, John has published papers on synaptic physiology and plasticity, neuroimmunology and fast cyclic voltametry. For the Big Brain talk, John has been reading on the neuro-anatomy of the developing young, and will present his case on the brain workings underlying risk taking and addiction in teenagers.
Professor Shane O'Mara, Trinity Neuroscience Insitute, Trinity College Dublin Author of the bestselling 'Why Torture Doesn't Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation'Shane is a Professor of Experimental Brain Research in Trinity College Dublin, member of the Royal Irish Academy and the first Irish Fellow of the Association of Physiological Science. One of Ireland's most successful neuroscientists, Shane has published over 110 papers on brain systems affecting memory, motivation and decision making. His particular expertise lies in the application of brain science to business, organisations and government. He is a world renowned expert on the effects of torture on the brain and has traveled worldwide to talk on his latest book on the issue.