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The windows to the soul? - Animal vision (Holmes Lectures for 10- to 14-year-olds)

Date/Time: 17th January 2018, 17:00 to 18:00

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

How do birds decide which insects look poisonous and which look safe to eat? How does a praying mantis know how far away their prey is? How do locusts not bang into each other when they are in a swarm? Can this knowledge be used to make better search and rescue robots, or driverless cars? Join us to find out more about the visual system in other species and how this knowledge can be used to improve technology. 

This year’s Holmes Lectures are being delivered by vision researchers from the Institute of Neuroscience. Many species, including humans, rely on their eyes to provide information about the world around us. However, our eyes only receive very basic light signals. Processing these signals, putting them together, and making sense of it all is done in the brain.  

To register for free places, please e-mail the Public Lectures office: public.lectures@ncl.ac.uk, or telephone: 0191 208 6093