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Café Scientifique Manchester

Thursday 30th March, 7:30pm

Café Scientifique is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology; a forum for debating science issues, not a shop window for science. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable. Want to join the discussion? We have a mailing list! Café Scientifique Manchester is organised by Deborah Talmi and Bo Yao. The group is part of a global network which you can find out more about here.

This months meet up will be on the mind’s capacity to imagine actions. Did you know that Parkinson’s patients not only suffer from difficulties in performing real actions, but also difficulties in imagining them?

In healthy people, the areas of our brain involved in making movements are used even we don’t actually carry out a movement, for example when just looking at a graspable object (like a door handle) or another person’s action, or imagining and naming actions. In this session, Dr Ellen Poliakoff will talk about our ongoing research into how thinking about actions in the mind’s eye is affected in Parkinson’s disease alongside difficulties in making real movements. This work helps us understand more about Parkinson’s disease and has implications for interventions to help improve movements and communication. It also reveals more about how we all think about actions and represent them in our brains.

About the speaker:
Dr Ellen Poliakoff is a senior lecturer in the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology at the University of Manchester and Co-director of the BEAM (Body Eyes and Movement) Lab.

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