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Our lives are inundated with images but these images are mere representations of things in the real world. Current research in my lab is finding that our behavior and our brains respond differently to real objects than to pictures and we’re trying to understand why. I will share some recent findings and explore what they mean for neurodevelopment (How do babies learn not to try to grasp toys in photos?), neuromarketing (Why should retailers put their wares within reach?) and virtual reality (Will virtual reality ever equal reality?).
Dr. Jody Culham is a Professor at the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University in London, Ontario. Her research investigates how the human brain uses visual information to recognize objects and guide actions such as reaching, grasping, and tool use.
Palmerston Theatre (part of the Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Ave – near Bathurst subway station)
6:30pm – 7:30pm, Wednesday October 2, 2013