There is an increasing perception that our use of technological devices is having an affect on our mental health. There are more and more digital detox retreats, suggesting that we need to tone down our use. However, what is happening in our brains? Is the effect permanent? Are we addicted to our devices?
Our use of digital technology is also interesting from an adaptability perspective, in other words it allows to test and see how our brains adapt to new tools. It is important to note that this is not new, we as humans, have always learned to adapt cognitively and physically to the physical world around us.
In this talk we will cover how the brain adapts to new stimuli, the plasticity factor of the brain, and put into perspective the scale at which digital technology is changing our cognitive functions. The talk will mainly centre on the attention and memory systems as well as the visual cognitive system, this will give you an idea of both the anatomy involved in perceiving digital information as well as how we are affected by it.
The class will be taught by Araceli Camargo, who is a cognitive neuroscientist and is the Lab Director for The Centric Lab. Together with UCL, the lab researches the relationship between people and the built environment. Araceli has also been a science communicator for over five years and has had clients ranging from the NHS to Lloyds TSB. The foundations of her work in the commercial sector as a science communicator is bridging scientific rigour with industry related issues.
Venue: Zigfrid von Underbelly, Shoreditch (11 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU)
Times: Doors at 7pm // Talk at 7.30pm
THECUBE London has a vivid interest in neuroscience, with its co-founder having completed a Masters in Neuroscience, and having consulted and brought neuroscientific insights to a diverse range of clients. Additionally, for the last few years we have provided members with neuroscience classes tailored to their specific needs and interests.