Zap my brain
- 13th May 2015
- 6-7:30pm (light refreshments from 5:30pm)
Melbourne Brain Centre auditorium, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade, VIC 3010
- free (but please register for a ticket as seats are limited)
Can stimulating my brain make me smarter? A faster thinker? Better at maths…or computer games? Would it improve my memory? Can it cure my depression? Is it safe?
Find out at Zap My Brain
- See a demonstration of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and hear about the physical experience
- Learn how scientists are using TMS and transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to study the brain
- Hear from DIYers, amateur scientists experimenting with tDCS in the comfort of their own homes — is it safe? is it science?
- Discuss the ethics of electrodoping
- Learn about neuroplasticity and how brain stimulation works …or doesn’t
- Discover how brain stimulation is currently being used to treat disorders like depression
With leading neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and DIY representatives, including:
Professor Paul Fitzgerald, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre
Professor Gary Egan, ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function
Mr Peter Simpson-Young, a DIYer
Dr Kate Hoy, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre
Dr Marta Garrido, ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function and Queensland Brain Institute
Dr Nigel Rogasch, Monash Biomedical Imaging
MC for the evening is science reporter Dr Andi Horvath.
We encourage you to start sending in your questions via Twitter #braindialogue or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also take questions live on the night. Those contact details can also be used should you require more information.
Organised by The Brain Dialogue, an initiative of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, with Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre and Melbourne Neuroscience Institute, University of Melbourne.