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Prof David Nutt: The Brain & Mind Made Simple

18th July 2019 - London

The brain is the physical place where the mind resides - a vessel in which the electronic impulses that create thought are contained. With the brain you coordinate your moves, your organism, your activities and transmit impulses. But you use the mind to think; to muse at what happened, what is scheduled and what maybe will happen.

In this illuminating and highly informative talk, world famous brain scientist Professor David Nutt will cover the range of understandings that modern science has given us into the evolution and function of the brain.

Prof Nutt will explain how the basic processes of brain function have developed from primitive organisms such as bacteria and amoeba to become the greatest structure in the known universe.

Professor Nutt’s talk will cover:

  • The function of key neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, and hormones such as cortisol, and how they help us understand disorders such as depression and schizophrenia.
  • How the tiered structure of the brain has a significant impact on how it works in relation to ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ control, and in relation to activities such as sleep, thinking, planning and consciousness.
  • How alterations in brain function lead to disorders of the mind, such as those that occur in psychiatric disorders, from anxiety and depression to schizophrenia and mania.

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