Are digital technologies leaving a mark on our brains?
That’s the question being addressed in a lecture at Life Science Centre by special guest Professor Baroness Susan Greenfield on July 9.
The event is part of a series of special events planned around the Centre’s latest and fantastically popular exhibition, Game On 2.0, which entertainingly explores the history, culture and future of the gaming industry through over 100 playable games and examples of original artwork.
Professor Greenfield specialises in the physiology of the brain and researches the impact of 21st Century technologies on the mind; how the brain generates consciousness; and novel approaches to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
She believes long exposure to computers and computer gaming is harmful to the human brain.
Her opinion-dividing book, Mind Change, was published in 2014, and highlights the dangers of increasing dependence on technology as an integral part of daily life.
Her lecture, Mind Change: How Digital Technologies are Leaving Their Mark on our Brains, draws on the latest in neurological research and is designed to encourage critical thinking and incite debate.
As Game On 2.0 celebrates the opportunities and advancement technology has brought the world, Prof Greenfield provides a challenging counter-argument, which is sure to spark discussion amongst tech lovers.
Ian Simmons, science communication director at Life, added: “This will be a lively debate and I’m sure those attending will have some challenging questions for Professor Greenfield who will deliver some food for thought in response.”
Whether you are a gadget obsessive or a die-hard technophobe, Mind Change is certain to be a fascinating event.
The lecture will take place in Life Conference and Banqueting, on Thursday, July 9, from 6pm–7pm. Tickets are £3 per person, combined Science Centre and lecture tickets are available. Visit life.org.uk to book. Details of other events in the Game On 2.0 programme, including the opportunity to meet some of the region’s top game developers and animators, can be found at life.org.uk/whats-on/game-on-events