Feb. 7, 2019
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'Science on Saturday' lecture to explore how scientists decipher complex brain signals

Carrie L Martin, martin59 [at] llnl.gov, 925-424-4715

WHO: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Alan Kaplan and teacher Katherine Huang of Dougherty Valley High School will present "In the Mood: Deciphering Complex Brain Signals," the second lecture in the 2019 Science on Saturday series that highlights the many facets of the brain.

WHAT: The talk will focus on how the human brain contains approximately 86 billion neurons, and 100 trillion connections between those neurons. Despite the inability to image each neuron and determine their exact connective patterns, several approaches for noninvasive imaging of the living brain have been developed and utilized to great benefit. This talk will explore the immense landscape of the human brain and quantify the brain in terms of data flow and describe engineering applications of recorded electrophysiological data. The presenters also will explore methods for analyzing such data to determine the pattern of signals that arise during various activities and mood states.

WHEN:  Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
Session I: 9:30 a.m.
Session II: 11:15 a.m. (same content as Session I)

WHERE: Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.

NOTE: Science on Saturday is sponsored by LLNL's University Relations and Science Education Program. Lectures are open to the public and specifically targeted to middle and high school students. No pre-registration is required; seating is on a first-come basis. For more information about Science on Saturday, visit the web or contact Joanna Albala, Education Program manager, at (925) 422-6803 or albala1 [at] llnl.gov (email).