TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “The Astonishing Power Of Your Brain”

Saturday – June 18, 9:30-11:00am

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY


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Speaker

Corey Nathan White, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Area, Department of Psychology, Syracuse University

Talk Overview

Although it is small, the human brain is one of the most important organs in our bodies. From helping us remember where the car is parked, to inspiring us to write a new song, the brain is what makes it all happen. Explore the world of Cognitive Neuroscience with Dr. White and learn how this magical organ allows us to do such amazing things, and why this small object in your head is what makes you who you are.

Biography

2016june13_white_coreyCorey N. White is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Syracuse University. He earned his B.S. in Psychology from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Then he completed his PhD from The Ohio State University, and received postdoctoral training in neuroimaging from the University of Texas. He joined the Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Area in the Psychology Department at Syracuse in the Fall of 2013. At Syracuse, Dr. White has been an integral part of the new Neuroscience Program, which aims to improve and advance education and research activities focused on understanding the brain. In his research, Dr. White runs the Brain and Behavior Lab, where he studies how the brain allows us to make good decisions and control our thoughts and actions. He specializes in neuroimaging with fMRI, scanning people’s brains while they engage in different cognitive activities (like choosing between two desserts). With this technique, he is able to study how different systems in the brain interact to guide our thoughts and actions. In his personal life, Dr. White likes to run half marathons, ski, and play with his three dogs (and one cat).

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

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