Science series hosts speaker

Associate professor provides information about brain activity

The Science in Society lecture series kicks off its sixth season Oct. 18 with a look at the aging brain and what can be done to keep it sharp.

Lara Boyd, an associate professor at the University of B.C.’s Brain Research Centre, will highlight key discoveries in neuroscience that explain how the brain changes and how its function shapes behaviour.

The lecture gets underway at the Vernon campus  of Okanagan College at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Advanced tickets are $7 and available at the Okanagan Science Centre.

Boyd’s studies are among the first to comprehensively examine the patterns of brain activation as they relate to motor learning and parameters of practice after stroke.

“Although we are still discovering precisely what changes in the brain are associated with specific motor behaviours, the concept of a dynamically changing or neuroplastic brain that supports learning is now unquestioned,” said Boyd.

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