A Day on Neuroscience: Learning, Creativity & Consciousness 2018-04-19T22:25:54+01:00
The Weekend University - A Day on Neuroscience
Explore the hidden potential of your brain in this series of talks from leading neuroscientists and university professors.

It is no exaggeration to say that the human brain is an impressive organ.

With one hundred billion neurons and one hundred trillion connections, it’s the most complex structure in the known universe.

But are you using yours it to its full potential?

Or could increasing your understanding of the brain and how it functions enhance your everyday experience of reality?

In this series of talks, three of the UK’s leading neuroscientists will share the latest scientific research into the human mind, and how you can use these insights to:

Learn new skills faster and more effectively
Become more creative
Deepen your understanding of consciousness, and how your brain creates reality

You’ll leave with a better understanding of your mind, how it functions and get practical knowledge you can use to tap into its more of its hidden potential.


The format will be similar to a TED event, but with in-depth lectures and focused on Neuroscience.

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: Neuroscience and Creativity – Prof. Vincent Walsh
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch break
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: The Neuroscience of Learning – Dr Michelle Ellefson
  • 3:00pm – 3:15pm: Afternoon break
  • 3:15pm – 5:00pm: The Neuroscience of Consciousness – Prof. Anil Seth

Full Day Pass: £40
Lecture recordings: £10


Sun 29 April 2018
09:30 – 17:00 BST

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04/29/2018 09:30 AM
04/29/2018 5:00 PM
Birkbeck, University of London, London
The Weekend University – A Day on Neuroscience

Birkbeck, University of London,
Malet Street, Bloomsbury,
London, WC1E 7HX

Lectures & Speakers

Neuroscience and Creativity – Prof. Vincent Walsh, UCL

Is creativity a gift or can it be trained? What is actually happening in the brain in those moments we are being truly creative? And is our current educational system repressing human beings’ innate curiosity and creativity?

These are just some of the questions Professor Vincent Walsh will answer in this talk on the Neuroscience of Creativity. You’ll learn about the benefits of practising creativity, its effect on brain development over time, and how these insights can help you become more creative in everyday life – both personally and professionally.

Professor Vincent Walsh is Professor of Human Brain Research and Royal Society Industry Research Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. He specializes in taking science out into the real world, and works regularly with international rugby teams, elite level Team GB athletes, the Royal Marines, concert musicians, artists and business professionals.

The Neuroscience of Learning – Dr Michelle Ellefson, University of Cambridge

‘Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.’ Tony Buzan. This talk from a leading Cambridge Neuroscientist will show you how to tap into your hidden potential using discoveries from the neuroscience of learning. Whether you want to master a new language, learn a new skill, or ace an upcoming exam, developing an understanding of the science of learning is one of the most effective things you can do.

The talk will explore the neural mechanisms involved in the learning process, how the brain processes and stores new information, and will conclude with practical strategies you can use to accelerate your own learning process.

Dr. Michelle Ellefson is a senior lecturer in Psychology & Education at the University of Cambridge. Her work integrates cognition, neuroscience, child development, and education into a multi-disciplinary research, international research programme.

The Neuroscience of Consciousness – Prof. Anil Seth, University of Sussex

Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate your conscious experience. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we’re all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it “reality.”

This talk will provide an insight into how consciousness emerges from the material brain, and how changes to our brain can result in bizarre experiences of consciousness. You’ll learn about the latest research in the new science of consciousness and how cutting-edge experiments in neuroscience are shedding light on the underlying neural mechanisms that give us our conscious experience in normal life, as well as in neurological and psychiatric conditions.

Anil Seth is professor of cognitive and computational neuroscience at the University of Sussex, and co-director of the Sackler centre for consciousness science. He is the co-author of the 30 Second Brain and contributes regularly to a variety of media including the New Scientist, The Guardian, and the BBC. His 2017 TED talk has been viewed more than 4 million times.

What TWU attendees are saying:

  • 4 star review  Great initiative! For people that like myself are passionate about psychology but wouldn't commit to long term course or training it's a wonderful opportunity to listen to qualified professionals in the area in a relaxed atmosphere.

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    5 star review  Just attended my second Weekend University day of lectures at Birkbeck, this time on Memories, Dreams and Existentialism. A great mix of speakers, styles and content which left me wanting to go home and find out more about two out of the three subjects. Fantastic to see Emmy Van Deurzen in action - she's a bit of a heroine of mine! One tip would be to ask the audience to fill up the rows of seats before the start as inevitably some people arrive late (like I did) and it was all a bit chaotic at the back of the auditorium. There were empty seats near the walls but no way to get to them without having four or five people stand up.

    thumb Melanie Skeet

    4 star review  Great initiative. Eminent speakers, fascinating talks.

    thumb Jan Erik Paulden
  • 5 star review  Another amazing day of learning! Thank you Niall.

    thumb Myriam Hierons

    5 star review  I just wanted to say what a fabulous day it was on Sunday. The presenters were all highly engaging and the material fascinating. I am ever so grateful to have been able to attend and look forward to any future similar events with 'zest'!

    thumb Caroline Glasner

    5 star review  I thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a well organized event with fantastic informative talks by knowledgeable and charismatic speakers. Looking forward to future events.

    thumb Glendale Leon
  • 5 star review  Great event, 3 fantastic lectures presented

    thumb Greg Cornthwaite

    5 star review  I found the 3 speakers to be extremely well prepared, professional, charismatic, authentic in their delivery of there content. They all had something to share. They were very clear on the "takeaways" which I found in important for such a long day. They all 3 were also very generious in spending time after their talk, to answer more 1-2-1 questions on the side of the room. Very generious. I look forward to future weekend university days.

    thumb Anthony Lee

    5 star review  Just to say that I was so impressed with the quality of the lectures today. It is rare to find that kind of substance, and I imagine you looked long and hard to choose. You are doing a great job. I will definitely come again and tell those I know who would be very interested.

    thumb Joan Hunt
  • 5 star review  I have attended lots of psychology workshops and would rate this organisation very highly. Interesting, engaging speakers and well run course at an affordable price. Well done Niall. You deserve to do very well

    thumb Joyce Kleinman

    5 star review  What an intense and heartening day, Jan 28th at Birkbeck U venue. Despite being crowded (testiment to the desire for these events and the calibre) we were comfortable enough to be riveted by the material for hours. I appreciated the free coffee, because the day was long for those like me who come from outside the city. I look forward to the slides being sent to fill out my notes. Fellow audients were warm and attending for a variety of reasons, and are the second fab reason to be there for the day.

    thumb Anne Perry

    5 star review  Just attended Scientific Behaviour Change - Ancient Wisdom & Modern Psychology and had the most fantastic, enlightening and inspiring day. All three speakers were at a tremendously high level and (to echo the reviewer below) the variety of approaches and theories around a single topic gave great insight. I've already booked for next month.

    thumb Kate Le Versha
  • 5 star review  Today's event was so good, I immediately booked for next one in February!?

    thumb Maya Kosova

    5 star review  The day of Psychology was really insightful, it has inspired me to start researching into all spectrums of mental health & psychology. Something I particularly liked about the day, was the contrast and variety of theories and approaches by each of the three speakers

    thumb Naomi Si An

    5 star review  Interesting lectures on a variety of areas of Psychology and well organised.

    thumb Daniel Drake
  • 5 star review  A really good mix of topics. I was engaged all day and i'm looking forward to the next one!

    thumb Suz Williams
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