Professor Kristen Pammer explores the brain as the most complex and least understood biological system on the planet, and the next big challenge for science is to understand the relationship between the brain and human behaviour. In the past scientists used to simply cut up the brain to see what would happen. Then they turned to understanding what happened to people when their brains were damaged. Brain imaging came later and told us how the brain works in normal people and more recent imaging is even able to change brain function. However, with this developing technology comes ethical consideration. What will it mean for humanity if we can read minds? Will we know if someone is lying? Will a psychopath be responsible for their behaviour if part of the brain is dysfunctional? If we can map the brain, have we also mapped the mind? Or are mind and brain different? This user’s guide to the brain will discuss these issues and the questions they raise.
60 minutes (flexible)
Years 10 -12
Number of students
Weekdays excluding public holidays. Please contact us for availability throughout the rest of the year. At least 1 months’ notice required