12. Event title:
Mould your brain: Learning and the plasticity of the mind
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
More and more evidence shows that the brain is not hardwired, it changes with everything we learn. In this series of talks, leading neuroscientists will show how learning new skills changes both brain and behaviour. For example, learning music changes how your mind arranges things in space, while learning to tie knots changes your concepts of knot-like objects. Differences in how people learn can also help us understand psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. Together, these new data have important implications for how society uses cultural activities in teaching and learning, at school and beyond.
16. How does your event relate to this year's theme of 'Making waves'?:
The presentation on music learning touches on both brain waves (electroencephalography) and sound waves.