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Leading neuroscientist to deliver lecture at Life

Are digital technologies leaving a mark on our brains? That’s the question being addressed in a lecture at Life Science Centre by special guest, Professor Baroness Susan Greenfield on 9 July.

The event is part of a series of special events planned around the centre’s latest exhibition, Game On 2.0, which explores the history, culture and future of the gaming industry through over 100 playable games and examples of original artwork.

Professor Greenfield specialises in the physiology of the brain, researching the impact of 21st century technologies on the mind, how the brain generates consciousness, and novel approaches to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. She believes long exposure to computers and computer gaming can have negative effects on the brain.

Her opinion-dividing book, Mind Change, was published in 2014, and highlights the dangers of increasing dependence on technology as an integral part of daily life. Her lecture, ‘Mind Change: How Digital Technologies are Leaving Their Mark on our Brains,’ encompasses the latest in neurological research, and is designed to encourage critical thinking and incite debate.

Professor Greenfield said: “Rather than coming up with simple values judgements, I hope that we will be able collectively to explore how we can minimise the threats and harness the opportunities of 21st Century technology to be a means rather than an end.”

As Game On 2.0 celebrates the opportunities and advancement that technology has brought the world, Professor Greenfield provides a challenging counter-argument, which is sure to spark discussion amongst tech lovers. Ian Simmons, Science Communication Director at Life, added: “This will be a lively debate and I’m sure those attending will have some challenging questions for Professor Greenfield who will deliver some food for thought in response.”

Whether you are a gadget-obsessive or a die-hard technophobe, Mind Change is certain to be a fascinating event, and is not one to be missed.

This event will take place in the Scotswood Suite of Life Conference and Banqueting, Thursday 9 July, 6pm – 7pm.

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