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Internal News - 10 March 2008

Bath Science Café explores secrets of the senses

Our everyday experiences involve the constant integration of information from different sensory inputs - even though we might not realise it, says the speaker from the next Bath Science Café (7.30pm Monday 10 March 2008 in The Raven pub, Queen Street).

"Our perception of the world is a multisensory one,” said Professor Gemma Calvert from the University of Warwick who will be speaking at the event.

“The brain integrates information from our different senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. For instance, seeing a speaker helps us to hear what is being said.

“These multisensory interactions often operate below our awareness.

“People possess multiple sensory systems which make our behaviour flexible. In darkness, for example, hearing and touch can supply our ‘visual’ information.

“Having multiple senses is highly adaptive and important for survival.”

The Science Café is an ongoing series of monthly events where some of the country’s leading scientists will talk informally about their research over a pint.

The event will be held in The Raven pub in Queen Street in the centre of town. No tickets or reservations are required - just turn up at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Organisers will ask for a small voluntary donation to cover travel costs for the speakers. The next Bath Science Café event will be:

Monday 14 April: Low carbon housing – making the dream come true?

To register for email alerts about forthcoming Science Café events, contact Melissa Spielman.

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