||Talks, speeches and lectures
I BELIEVE THAT WHAT WE ARE LEARNING about the way our brains work is the most rewarding and important field of study there is. It is both intrinsically fascinating (I have yet to meet anyone with a pulse who isn’t intrigued by some aspect of it) and potentially of huge practical use.
Since writing “Mapping the Mind” in 1998 I have talked about brain function, consciousness and the physical basis of behaviour to a wide range of groups at seminars, conferences, and workshops in the UK and abroad (see below) .
I am not an academic, and I do not use jargon or obscure scholarly terms. I am always very happy to tailor any presentation to the group and I am particularly adept at making the more complicated subjects (consciousness, for example) as accessible as is possible without dumbing them down.
I can deliver a formal lecture with appropriate audio-visual aids, handouts and references, or an informal talk which encourages audience participation. Or anything in between. Whatever the style, I try to include the very latest relevant research findings.
If you think you might like me to talk at your meeting, conference or seminar, please email me: Rita@RitaCarter.co.uk
These are some of the talks I have given about the brain:
"Exits and Entrances – where does life start and end?”
- Festival of Art and Mind, Winchester.
“Why Brains go wrong”
- Novartis 'Brain Failure' seminar, London.
“The Making of Happiness”
- Wellcome Trust 'Wellbeing in the 21st Century', London.
"From One Mind to Another – communication without words”
- AT&T Wireless creativity workshop, Washington State, USA
“Architecture and the Brain”
– New College of Architecture, San Diego, USA
“Brain research: how far should we go?”
- DANA centre discussion, London.
“In Defence of Evolutionary Psychology “
- Battle of Ideas, Royal College of Art, London.
“The Impact of Art – how perceptions change the mind”
- Science Learning Centre, Insitiute of Education, London.
“Art and the Brain”
- British Association of Science Festival, Exeter.
“What the Hell is that? – abstract art as a mirror of neural processes"
- The Mattress Factory Forum, Pittsburgh USA
“Interaction and Interconnection in the Human Brain”
- Co-occurring disorders Unit workshop, Anchorage, Alaska USA
“Writing science” (panel discussion with Richard Dawkins and John Gribbin)
Cheltenham Science Festival
“What has biology to do with human nature?”
- Literature, Science and Human Nature seminar, ICA , London
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“Consciousness – how, what, and why?”
Dartington Literary Festical
-Cheltenham Literary Festival 2004
"The Future of Brain Imaging”
Institute of Psychiatry seminar, London
“Imagination, Perception and Superstition”
–Institute of Cultural Research annual seminar, ICA London
“Design by Neuron”
- American Institute of Architects symposium, Royal Society, London
“I’m sorry but I can’t help saying this: freewill is an illusion"
- The Great Debate series, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Newcastle.
- Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival
“How the Brain Works”
- Science Museum lunchtime lecture, London
“Physics and the Brain – measuring modelling, mimicking”
-Summer school, St Edmunds College, Oxford
“Seeing How to See”
- Royal Society of Medicine seminar, London
“Mapping the Mind”
- public lecture, Science Museum, Barcelona
“The Brain basis of learning”
- Head Teachers conference Wakefield
“The Leaning Brain”
National school improvement seminar, Institute of Education, London
“Mechanics of Mind”
- Edinburgh science festival
“Personality - Nurture or Nature?”
Royal Institution forum
“Ethical Implications of the new science of the brain”
South Place Ethical Society, London
“Mapping the Mind”
Royal Institution evening lecture series
”Mapping the Mind”
Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival