17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
We will provide 4 interactive talks each lasting 30 minutes examining key areas of vision / perception research. The talk component would include lots of engaging demonstrations such as visual illusions and would last approximately 15-20 minutes. The remaining time would be left for question / answer sessions or as an opportunity for the audience to come forward and try out the exhibits that were featured in the talk. We would aim to use a lecture theatre venue with some space at the front to allow some audience movement. The talks would be: 1) Dr Jenny Read - The science behind 3D: How 3D displays work and why they give an appearance of depth, this would include different 3D displays, ranging from a glasses-free smartphone to an active 3D projector. 2) Professor Anya Hurlbert - Colour perception and its importance in daily life: From the meat counter to the Monet. This would use the question: Wh..at colour is a banana? To look at colour memory, colour constancy and colour change, the notion that the colours of objects depend on the illumination as well as your memory. 3) Dr Debbie Riby & Professor Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon- Looking at people in typical and atypical development, focussing on how we use visual cues from faces and the interaction between looking and thinking in typical development and in children with disorders of development. 4) Professor Adrian Rees & Dr Quoc Vuong - Our interacting senses. Evidence that our senses do not operate independently of one another in perceiving events in the world around us - How the brain fuses information it gleans from the different senses to arrive at its best guess about what’s happening - as cross-sensory illusions demonstrate - a guess that does not always conform with reality.
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
20. Venue requirements:
Ideally a flat space for people to move around or a lecture theatre with some space at the front for people to come and try out the exhibits / demonstrations featured in each talk. If two venues could be provided then the talks could run concurrently, i.e., in the morning run talks 1 and 2 in venue A and talks 3 and 4 in venue B. Then in the afternoon run talks 3 and 4 in venue A and talks 1 and 2 in venue B.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Through interactive talks, we will provide a range of exhibits and opportunities for guests to explore the topic of perception and the importance of integrating the senses. Guests can explore the way that our world is perceived and how the perception of it may differ between individuals developing typically and those developing atypically. In particular, guests can explore i) how our brains construct a perceptual world, ii) how our world is viewed in 3 dimensions, iii) how we fuse sight and sound, and iv) what sort of social and non-social visual information we need to interact successfully with other people. Importantly, across exhibits it will be clear that our individual senses do not function independently of one another but interact to create our perception of objects and events in the world around us.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
The presentations represent research being conducted in psychology and neuroscience departments in the region’s Universities.
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
* Viewing the world in 3D is a hot topic with recent advances in technology (Dr J Read). * Not everyone views the world in the same way - the case of individuals with developmental disorders such as Autism or Williams syndrome (Dr D Riby) * We need to combine our senses to interpret our world (Prof A Rees) * What does colour vision do for us, and how can we make it better? (Prof A Hurlbert)
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INSTITUTE OF NEUROSCIENCE
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SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY
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RIDLEY BUILDING 1
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HENRY WELLCOME BUILDING
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0191 222 6183
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11. Do you have a preferred day for your event to take place on?:
Monday 9 September 2013
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Wednesday 11 September 2013
Thursday 12 September 2013