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Percussionist Evelyn Glennie lost almost all her hearing by the age of 12. This has given her a unique connection to her music and the desire to teach the world how to really listen. Evelyn joins neuroscientist Colin Blakemore to discuss how hearing involves much more than just sound waves hitting your eardrums.Find out more »
The role of the subconscious has been gaining attention, with recent research suggesting you make better decisions when you don’t think about them. But the conscious mind must play some part. Nick Shea and Ophelia Deroy ask what consciousness is doing for us and reveal results from data they collected at last year’s Festival that help us to answer this question.Find out more »
The experience of daily life is shaped by our senses and yet there is still so much we don’t know about them. Discover senses you didn't know you had and learn what they do. Find out what it's like to live with sensory loss and what can be done to overcome it. The team from the Centre for the Study of the Senses will guide you through the world of sensory experience with hand- on demonstrations where you can explore…Find out more »
Bacchus to Brexit’ is a chance to drink and think and learn about our European neighbours through their wine and culture. This ‘walk-around’ tasting takes you on a tour of Europe’s top wine producing nations – and their top thinkers – through an immersive sensorium. Along the way you will collate your experience through both a ‘tasting notes’ mobile app and a set of ‘Top Trumps’ style cards, offering a fascinating array of facts and figures. Come and find out…Find out more »
The initial media reaction to our AHRC-funded research was scathing: we “caused a flap”. Yet our work on the 'Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions' and our GCRF 'Going Places' projects has demonstrated that chickens are fundamentally important, in differing ways, for diverse segments of society.
This final free event integrates the results of all our research to reveal the economic, social and cultural impact of chickens through time and space. What do these results mean for the future of human-animal-environmental well-being? Come find out!