6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Mission Bay Campus, 600 16th Street
Who are you, and why are you who you are? What is the brain basis for learning and emotional disturbances in childhood, and how does brain circuitry contribute to these traits? Once our brain and behavior become well formed in adulthood, how and why does it change? Do you stay the same person all your life? Modern tools of neuroscience are providing us new insights into the structural and functional components of the brain, which in turn are raising new questions about creativity, language and emotions. These fundamental human experiences define us as individuals. Yet, these fundamentals can change when the brain changes due to healthy aging or neurodegenerative disease. These changes help us to understand the gross and molecular anatomy of these brain areas but also lead to questions about what it means to be human.
This course, led by a multidisciplinary team of experts at the forefront of aging and brain function, will cover the most recent findings. You will learn from leading experts in neurology, neuropsychology, neuroscience and geriatrics about how your brain works and how it changes with age. Neuroscientists will describe how they probe model systems to understand and treat neurological decline. In the first and last sessions, former and current Hellman Visiting Artists will share their creative endeavors that evolved during their residency at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center with patients, families, scientists and medical professionals. The November 15th session will include a special showcase of cutting-edge technologies helping us to visualize and understand the brain better.
Creative Brains: Music, Art and Emotion
Brain Circuits: Breakdown in Dementia and Hopes for Repair
Brain Games that Capture Brain Circuits & What Neuroscience Tells Us about the Self
Genes and the Brain: From Worms to People
Communicating Brains: From Autism and Dyslexia to Progressive Aphasia
Emotional Brains: Captured in the Laboratory and in Art