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How reliable are your senses? What neurobiology can you perform with your office chair and a roll of masking tape? What do growing nerve cells look like? What can a comparison of human brains with apes and other animals teach us about how the brain works?

Find out on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at the Museum of Human Disease at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) when researchers help people to get hands on with their brains (well, almost).

As part of Brain Awareness Week, participants will be guided through experiments and workshops to get to know their brains, how they develop, how they work and how we know what we do.

Drs Thomas Fath and Richard Vickery and their colleagues at UNSW Sydney are keen to let people into their world of brain science, what they do and what it means for the future of diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurological  disorders.

Neurophysiologist Dr Vickery says: “People are enthralled when they get to experience the complexity of the neural system in intimate detail.”

Activities will include: comparative anatomy; sensation, reflex and balance tests; neural embryology; microscopy and a viewing of museum specimens.

Museum of Human Disease Director Derek Williamson says audiences will be fascinated by the many hands-on experiences and the access to UNSW experts: “This is as personal as science gets.”

What: Get Into Your Headspace workshop with Drs Thomas Fath and Richard Vickery

When: Wednesday 15 March 2017, 5-8pm

Where: Museum of Human Disease, Ground Floor, Samuels Building, UNSW Sydney, Corner of High and Botany streets, Kensington

Cost: $6.22 – $11.44

Details: Bookings essential.