The Brain: how it works and what you can do to make it work better

Thursday 10 March | 11.00am – 11.40am | Zoom

Dr. Unai Diaz-Orueta

Department of Psychology | Maynooth University

Your brain contains billions of nerve cells that work coordinated to help you think, behave, move and feel. In this presentation we will talk in an easy way about some brain facts, how the brain works and looks like, what happens when the brain does not work well, how you can make the brain work better (by means of exercise and diet, but also some other ways...). Finally, we will talk about what you studied so far that was useful for studying the brain, and what you can study in the future to become an expert in how the brain works and why we behave in the way we do when our brain suffers a malfunction. We will talk about the Science of the brain and how we need joint work with neurologists, neuropsychologists, statisticians (Spoiler alert; science and maths are important!!), and more to uncover all the mysteries associated with how the brain works.

Dr. Unai Diaz-Orueta is an Assistant Professor in Neuropsychology at Maynooth University. He has a long experience both with research and clinical populations, especially individuals with brain injury and older adults with mental health issues and dementia. He is currently focused on finding the best way to evaluate cognition in people with low literacy and how to use Virtual Reality and other technologies to evaluate cognitive problems.

The talk is suitable for all TY, 5th, and 6th years - it will be of particular interest to students who are considering studying Psychology after their Leaving Certificate.

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