Nov 6, 2017

The Beautiful Brain: Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934)

Sep 5-Dec 3, 2017

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

The Beautiful Brain is the first North American museum exhibition to present the extraordinary drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934), a Spanish pathologist, histologist and neuroscientist renowned for his discovery of neuron cells and their structure, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1906. Known as the father of modern neuroscience, Cajal was also an exceptional artist. He combined scientific and artistic skills to produce arresting drawings with extraordinary scientific and aesthetic qualities.

More information: Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal to be shown at UBC.

New light on the mind's eye: Using the pupil light response to study visual cognition

1:00pm-2:00pm, Nov 6, 2017

Room 2510, Suedfeld Lounge, Kenny Building, 2136 West Mall, UBC
Series: 
Cognitive Area External Speaker Week
Presenter: 
Dr. Sebastiaan Mathot, University of Groningen

The pupil light response was traditionally believed to be a reflex that is solely triggered by the amount of light that falls on the retina. However, recent studies have shown that the light response, while largely reflexive, is subtly affected by high-level cognition in many ways. In this talk, I will describe a series of studies in which we've investigated the link between the pupil light response, visual attention, eye-movement preparation, working memory, and language.