NEW LOCATION: Sky Lounge (149 Pierpont Ave, Salt Lake City)
Science Night Live public lectures offer a casual social and educational event in downtown Salt Lake. All events are held at the Sky Lounge, beginning with a social at 5:30 and a lecture at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public!
Must be 21 years of age or older.
For more information contact Paige Berg by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Brains Don’t Play Dice – or do They?
Sophie Caron, Assistant Professor of Biology
Animals are endowed with a range of sensory systems that gather information about the outside world. This information is processed by the brain and, sometimes, stored as a memory. Animals constantly use memories of past experiences to adjust their behavior. The smell of a nutritious fruit, for instance, will become attractive while that of a sickening chemical will be avoided. We know a great deal about how sensory input is received and processed by various sensory organs but we know much less about how experiences are stored as memories in the brain. How the brain — and in particular neuronal networks — is organized to provide both the flexibility and specificity required for memory formation is the topic I will be discussing.