Brain Storm Series: Unpacking the Complexities of the Brain and Mind

Published on: 2023/01/30 - in Science & Tech

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library and the Centre for Neuroscience Studies at Queen’s University are collaborating on a series of nine sessions called the Brain Storm Series. The sessions will cover a range of topics related to the workings of the brain and the impact of the mind on the body.

The sessions will take place at the KFPL’s downtown Central Branch and will last between half an hour to an hour, starting at 6:30 p.m. Topics will include neurodiversity, medical robotics, epilepsy, perception, depression, anxiety, meditation, brain ultrasounds, and the mind-gut connection. Some dates will feature two topics.

“The brain is infinitely complex, but we have a roster of researchers to help us understand how it works,” said Jake Miller, Librarian of Adult Programming. “Understanding our minds helps us understand who we are and how and why we think, act, and feel the way we do.”

Registration is open for the first two sessions on February 13 (register) and February 27 (register). The first session will cover the neuroscience of our perceptions, attention, thoughts, emotions, memories, and behaviours with Scott Squires. The second session will explore the gut-brain connection, and how this communication pathway may be involved in mental health and psychiatric conditions, as well as robotics research with Miruna Jurj, Hayley Bromley, and Kayne Park.

Registration for the remaining March and April sessions will open in the coming weeks.