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Celebrating the Life

October 3, 2013 - 8:34am

 Event: Science Study Break features Dr. Russell Poldrack of the Imaging Research Center self-experimentation in film. The event is free and open to the public.

When: 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Where: Student Activity Center Auditorium (SAC 1.402) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Background: Dr. Russell Poldrack of the Imaging Research Center discusses research ethics and autoexperimentation in science, as depicted in movies like The Fly, Spider-man and X-Men.  He’ll also talk about his year-long self-experiment — the “Russ-ome” Project.

Poldrack’s work in the Imaging Research Center — at the Poldrack Lab — focuses on the study of learning and memory, decision making and executive control. While much of the research is centered on basic cognitive and neural mechanisms, Poldrack and his team also delve into translational research into the mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders.

In his own foray into self-experimentation, Poldrack is closing in on the completion of his massive data-gathering phase, having spent every Tuesday for the last year undergoing a battery of surveys, medical tests — including bloodwork and an MRI — at the IRC with the goal of better understanding the human brain by gaining a comprehensive understanding of his own.

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 as fact 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.

 

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