The Spike: an epic journey through the brain in 2.1 seconds

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 16 March

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Event description

In the 2.1 seconds that an impulse travels through our brain, billions of neurons communicate with one another. Blips of voltage are sent through our sensory and motor regions. Neuroscientists call these blips ‘spikes’.

Join Mark Humphries as he draws on decades of research in neuroscience, exploring how spikes are born, how they are transmitted, how they lead us to action and the mysteries that still surround them.

Discover in this talk how a single electrical response illuminates how our extraordinary brains work.

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About the speaker

Mark Humphries is Chair in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Nottingham.

Mark is a systems neuroscientist who happens to use computational and statistical models rather than animal models to study the brain. His research interrogates how the joint activity of many neurons encodes the past, present, and future in order to guide behaviour.

He is the founding editor of The Spike, a Medium online publication. He lives in Sheffield, England.

Mark's book, 'The Spike: an epic journey through the brain in 2.1 seconds' is available from 9 March. 


The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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