Introducing children to the wonders of science

Introducing children to the wonders of science

One of the UK’s leading experts on perception – how and why we see things the way we do - will give a public lecture at the University of Aberdeen on Wednesday (January 12, 2000).

Richard Gregory is Emeritus Professor in Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol. He is a former Professor of Neuropsychology and Director of the Brain and Perception Laboratory at the University of Bristol from 1970 until 1988. His work on optical and visual illusions brings added insight to the questions of why our perception sometimes fails.

He also founded the UK’s first major hands-on science experience centre in the UK, the Exploratory in Bristol, and is a regular broadcaster.

His lecture, “Shaking Hands with the Universe” will look at how children are introduced to the world by hands-on experience. Professor Gregory will explain how they learn to see by touching and pushing and sometimes breaking things, and how hands-on centres may extend discovery and learning throughout life, enriching our experience and understanding. Computer screens and television have their place, but there is nothing like first-hand experience for combining fun with learning.

The lecture is free and will take place in the Zoology Lecture Theatre at the University of Aberdeen Zoology Building on Tillydrone Avenue on January 12 at 4pm.

Professor Gregory will be available to speak to the Press at Satrosphere on Tuesday, January 11, at 11am. He will officially open the Department of Psychology’s public exhibition - Brainwaves: What the Mind Does and How it Does it – at Satrosphere later that day. It will be open to the public from Wednesday, January 12, until Friday, March 31.

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