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LNG Winter Gala 2019: Fooling The Senses

November 27, 2019 @ 15:00 - 21:00


A Celebration of Multisensory Neuroscience!

As part of our mission to increase public engagement with neuroscience research, the LNG is organising a festive celebration of Multisensory Neuroscience, featuring mince pies, presentations from local researchers, and a keynote lecture on Gastrophysics: The new science of eating by Professor Charles Spence.

It promises to be a multisensory feast!




Public Event – Registration Required

Registration includes attendance, tea & coffee, mince pies, & a glass of wine at the drinks reception.

We are asking all attendees to make a small contribution (£5) to the cost of the event.
Thanks to support from our partner institutions, the LNG will be subsidising the remaining costs.

Registration has now closed. There may be some remaining tickets, so if you would still like to attend, please contact admin@lng.org.ukTickets will NOT be available on the door.

Volunteers Needed:
We encourage anyone, especially Students & Early Career Researchers, to contact students.sig@lng.org.uk to help with public engagement activities.

Your ideas for activities are very welcome!

Programme (subject to change)

2.45 – Registration – Please bring your printed tickets / e-tickets.

3.00 – Welcome

  Presentation 1: Dr Sylvia Terbeck, Liverpool John Moores University – “Other People, Vodka, and Propanolol

  Presentation 2: Professor Charles Leek, University of Liverpool – “The Mystery of Human Vision: Is Seeing Believing?

  Presentation 3: Sofia Sacchetti, Liverpool John Moores University – “The Body Seen, The Body Felt”

  Ig Nobel Prize Presentation: Professor Francis McGlone, Liverpool John Moores University – “Itching For Answers

4.30 – Break: Tea, Coffee & Mince Pies

5.00 – Keynote Presentation: Professor Charles Spence, University of Oxford – “Gastrophysics: The new science of eating

Gastrophysics, the new science of eating, focuses attention on ‘the everything else’ apart from the food that nevertheless still influences the tasting experience, be it in the high-end restaurant or the home: Everything from the colour of the plate on which the food is served, through the weight of the cutlery that is used to consume it (assuming that there is any, which can’t always be guaranteed these days), not to mention the music that happens to be playing in the background. Gastrophysics aims to bring the scientific approach, inspired by the latest neuroscience insights concerning the multisensory integration of the cues from taste, smell, touch, sight and sound, together with the best in culinary artistry, in order to help design more engaging, more enjoyable, and more memorable experiences for diners in the future.

6.00 – Thanks To Speakers / Afternoon Meeting Close

6.15Dr Matteo Borrini, Liverpool John Moores University & Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle – “Experiencing the paranormal”

Psychic mediums claim to have the ability to contact the dead, and some have even intervened in missing persons or murder investigations. Dr Borrini, forensic anthropologist & international expert witness, will explain the truth behind the so-called “psychic detectives”, and with his knowledge of magic & mental illusions, he will provide the audience with an interactive experience of paranormal phenomena, demonstrating how our mind and senses can be tricked.

7.00 – Music, Wine, & Networking.

  Featuring: The Halcyon Syncopaters (fb.me/HalcyonSyncopators)

  The Bluecoat bar will be open to purchase additional drinks.

9.00 – End

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November 27, 2019
15:00 - 21:00
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