Science Study Break: Dr. Michael Drew on Brain Capacity, 9/29
Event: Science Study Break features Dr. Michael Drew of the Department of Neuroscience on brain capacity. The event is free and open to the public.
When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 29.
Where: Student Activity Center Auditorium (SAC 1.402) at The University of Texas at Austin.
Background: By now the notion that humans use only 10% of their brains is accepted as an urban myth, but how much of our brain do we actually use?
Dr. Michael Drew of the Center for Learning and Memory (CLM) uses scenes from popular films and television shows like Lucy, Limitless and the BBC’s Sherlock to discuss the real capacity of the human mind.
Drew’s research has focused on the neural mechanisms of interval timing (timing in the seconds-to-minutes range) and the role of temporal information in acquisition and extinction of learned behaviors, and he’s used genetic tools in mice to investigate the role of adult hippocampal neurogenesis in learning, memory and emotionality.
Drew currently oversees The Drew Lab at the Center for Learning and Memory where he and his team investigate how neural circuits control behavior and the psychological processes underlying behavior, using research methods that draw on a combination of molecular genetics and experimental psychology. Molecular genetic tools are used to selectively manipulate neural circuits in mice, and experimental psychology is used to understand how and why these manipulations alter behavior.
Drew’s work has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience, and he has received several grants and fellowships, notably the 2008-2013 National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence Award.
Free pizza (while it lasts) for program attendees.
Pop culture and the academy collide as Science Study Break features relevant faculty and experts from the University of Texas at Austin discussing the reality and fantasy portrayed in science-themed television and movies. Science Study Break is hosted by the University of Texas Libraries and supported by the University Federal Credit Union.