Question of Perception Lecture Series

Question of Perception Lectures at Glasgow Science Centre

The Question of Perception lectures bring experts in brain science and perception to Glasgow Science Centre to talk about the science behind our new exhibition - Question of Perception - and to explore how our brains work.

Lectures take place in the Science Show Theatre in Glasgow Science Centre, and include access to the new Question of Perception exhibition on Floor 1.

Lectures in the series can be booked following the links below and keep an eye out for more speakers and dates soon.




Watch this space for future lectures in the series.

Previous Lectures

12 April 2017

"Colour - The Science Behind the Sense" with Dr Ben Craven

Our lecture programme kicks off in April with Dr Ben Craven discussing "Colour - The Science Behind the Sense". Ben is a vision scientist by training, with a gift for explaining complex ideas in simple, entertaining ways, and now makes his living teaching Product Design Engineering at Glasgow School of Art.

Ben says "I love designing and making things and also enjoy writing computer programs. I like to use these skills to make things that give insights into science or exploit the aesthetic potential of science and maths. Some of the things that I’ve made have been exhibited as artworks."

His talk will explore how we perceive colour, and how such studies give insights into how our brains work.

31 May 2017

“Voices, Barks and Brains" with Dr Phil McAleer

In this our second lecture in the series, Dr Phil McAleer explores the science behind voice perception in his talk "Voices, Barks and Brains". Philip studied Psychology at the University of Glasgow in 1998, and became a Lecturer in 2012. He currently leads a research group exploring the information we can gain from voices.

Phil says: "I have always been fascinated with how we make sense of the world around us. Voices, in particular, are one of the main ways we communicate our emotions, identity and intent to others, but it is only recently that we have really begun to understand how this works, how the brain processes these cues, and how we can use this information in our everyday lives."

His talk will give a general overview of voice research, exploring how people determine emotions and personality from voices; how this affects decisions; where voices are processed in the brain of both humans and animals including our canine friends, dogs. He will also discuss how voices are being used in technology to help improve people’s lives, from sat-navs to synthetic speech.

12 July 2017

"Your Multisensory Brain" with Stephanie Boyle

Our third lecture in this series with Stephanie Boyle discussing "Your Multisensory Brain". Stephanie is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Glasgow, where her work focuses on using brain imaging to try and understand how the brain processes information coming in through your different senses.

Stephanie says: "Every day, we are bombarded with information coming in through multiple senses at the same time and somehow – within milliseconds - the brain transforms this into one seamless experience of the world. As a scientist, it’s an exciting topic because we are only beginning to scratch the surface of understanding how the brain may manage to do this, so there is a lot left to discover."

Her talk will investigate how brain imaging research is helping us understand both where in the brain - and by what method - information from the different senses is combined.


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