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5 things to do during Neuroscience 2015

Posted by Natasja Bogers on Oct 12, 2015

Only one more week until Neuroscience 2015 kicks off! From October 17-21, Chicago, IL will be the setting for the 45th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. More than 30,000 colleagues from more than 80 countries will gather at the world’s largest marketplace of ideas and tools for global neuroscience.

Are you attending? Here’s 5 things to do during Neuroscience 2015.

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Topics: art of neuroscience, 2015, neuroscience, conferences, SfN

Creativity – the creator and the interpreter

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Feb 28, 2014

Do you know what creativity is? Can you measure it? Last week the well-known neuroscientist Dr. Ysbrand van der Werf chose the setting of Utrecht University Hall (a former Chapter House from 1462) to give an inspiring lecture on the subject. As soon as he started, van der Werf grabbed the attention of everyone in the packed room by showing a live experiment with FaceReader. A FaceReader webcam was aimed at Ruud Abma, one of the coordinators of the Studium Generale lectures. The entire room filled with laughter when Dr. Abma enlarged several facial expressions, such as happiness, anger, and sadness. Van der Werf explained that measuring facial expressions is only one way to gain insight. By combining facial expression analysis with physiological measurements and brain activity measurements, scientists get a quite complete overview of responses to stimuli.

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Topics: emotion recognition, on-site research, FaceReader, facial expression analysis, living labs, brain waves, creativity, art of neuroscience

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