Researchers from the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit are using modern imaging methods to unlock the mysteries of how the human brain works.
Humankind has always been fascinated with how the mind works, and how the activity of millions of neurons create a unique ‘you’, with memories, thoughts and feelings. Understanding how the brain processes information, and how illness affects brain function, has been key to understanding the link between the mind and health. New methods for examining the brain have transformed our understanding of how the human mind works.
“Our brains make us who we are, but how this happens remains a fascinating scientific puzzle. Using new imaging techniques we now can see how brains remember, think, speak and feel, and understand the changes underlying crippling brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, and coma,” says Professor John Duncan FRS, Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.
Visitors will be able to experience a mock MRI ‘brain scan’ and take part in experiments such as listening to speech, facial recognition and experiencing emotional events. They can assess their own brain functions and see images of human brains at work.