Hello fellow mind, brain, and behavior enthusiasts!
Hope everyone has had an enjoyable weekend (perhaps watching rowers and/or snagging freebies).
Mark your calendars because we’ve got a nice seminar combo for y’all – MCB 80’s Jeff Lichtman (tomorrow @ 4-5pm) and Josh Sanes (11/1 @ 5-6pm) will be hosting seminars on back-to-back weeks. They are both really cool people to talk to, so don’t miss out!
Also be on the look-out for a nice opportunity to learn about dreaming with sleep expert, Robert Stickgold (11/1 @ 7pm) after watching a movie that potentially does dreams-within-dreams even better than Inception.
And as a teaser: a certain Daniel Dennett may or may not be joining us on November 7th.
Richard, Jennifer, and the HSMBB board
Join the Harvard Society for Mind, Brain and Behavior for:
Behind MCB 80: The Neurobiology of Synaptic Competition, with Professor Jeff Lichtman
This Monday, October 24th, 4-5 pm
Barker Center 114 (The Kresge Room)
Professor Jeff Lichtman is one of the two professors of the popular introductory class MCB 80: Neurobiology of Behavior.
Join us to meet the man behind the lectures! This is a great chance to learn about neurobiology and synapses in an intimate setting.
Professor Jeff Lichtman is interested in the mechanisms that underlie synaptic competition between neurons that innervate the same target cell. Such competitive interactions are responsible for sharpening the patterns of neural connections during development and may also be important in learning and memory formation. His laboratory studies synaptic competition by visualizing synaptic rearrangements directly in living animals using modern optical imaging techniques. They have concentrated on neuromuscular junctions in a very accessible neck muscle in mice where new transgenic animals and other labeling strategies allow individual nerve terminals and postsynaptic specializations to be monitored over hours or months. In addition, they have developed several new methods to improve our ability to resolve synaptic structure.
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And coming soon is a seminar with Professor Joshua Sanes, the other professor of MCB 80! He will be joining HSMBB on Tuesday, November 1st from 5-6 in the Barker Center’s Plimpton Room.
Science on Screen Presents:
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie with guest speaker Robert Stickgold, PhD
Coolidge Corner Theatre
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Winner of the 1972 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the National Society of Film Critics’ Best Picture prize, Luis Buñuel’s surrealist masterpiece wickedly skewers bourgeois presumption and hypocrisy as a group of well-to-do friends repeatedly attempts to have a meal together, only to be interrupted by a series of increasingly bizarre events, both real and imagined.
No one in cinema handled dreams better than Buñuel, and here, he interweaves flashbacks, dreams, and dreams within dreams into his wickedly comic narrative. Joining us before the film to discuss the science of dreaming is Robert Stickgold. How does the latest research advance our understanding of where dreams come from? How do dreams contribute to the off-line reprocessing of newly formed memories? Are Freud’s theories dead?
Dr. Stickgold is associate professor of psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and HarvardMedical School, where he is the director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition. His research examines the nature of sleep and dreams from a cognitive neuroscience perspective, with an emphasis on the role of sleep and dreams in memory processing.
Tickets are $7.75 for students and Museum of Science members, and $9.75 general admission. Coolidge Corner Theatre members get in for free. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.coolidge.org/science. Tickets are also available at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, located at 290 Harvard Street in Brookline. Phone: 617-734-2501.