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Public Lecture presented by Professor Edward de Haan - 15 August

For over a century, the idea of an unconscious realm in our mind has intrigued scientists and lay people alike. Modern science has confirmed the suggestion that many processes in the brain may be carried out without consciousness. For instance, neurological patients may show clear signs of perceiving, recognising and memorising information in the absence of a conscious experience. In addition, many decisions are taken in everyday life on the basis of a “gut feeling”, or even more intriguingly, appear to be automatic responses learned by association for which a rationale is construed afterwards. So the question is: who’s in charge here?

Edward-de-Haan-photo_300Speaker Profile

Edward de Haan trained as a neuropsychologist in the Netherlands (Groningen) and the UK (Oxford).  In 1991 he became Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Utrecht and since 2008 he has held a Chair in Neuropsychology at the University of Amsterdam, combined with a managerial role as Dean. His research interests range from applied clinical neuropsychological
issues to fundamental neuroscience, investigating visual, auditory and touch-based perception, as well as memory, emotion, and consciousness.

His work on how the brain processes colour, faces, and emotion has been instrumental in shaping current theories of perception and consciousness.

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