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Functional imaging of the human brain: myths and painful truths



Functional imaging of the human brain: myths and painful truths

Italy-UK Science Café with Giandomenico Iannetti

The most important function of the brain is to relate us to the rest of the world. Both consciously and unconsciously, the brain uses information about the environment to make decisions that result in actions appropriate to cope with the world. The last two decades have seen a steady increase in the use of non-invasive functional brain imaging (fMRI), which is increasingly finding practical applications with real-world consequences, Yet, technological approaches are fraught with interpretive difficulties. This lecture some common and troublesome problems in how researchers draw conclusions from their results, using examples from the neuroscience of pain, threat detection and body defence, will be highlighted.


Giandomenico Iannetti is Professor of Neuroscience at University College London (UCL), and also resident at the Paris Institute of Advanced Studies (IEA). He leads a multidisciplinary research group ( working on sensorimotor behavioural neuroscience. His research focuses on pain, defensive behaviours and peripersonal space. His empirical results are discussed in philosophy, architecture and proxemics, theatre and social sciences.



Date: Friday, November 10, 2017

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

Entry : Free