Baroness visits city school for thought-provoking lecture

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Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, visited Denbigh School on Thursday to deliver a thought provoking lecture entitled ‘The Future of the Brain and the Brain of the Future: How modern technology is changing the way we think and feel’.

Baroness Greenfield, is a Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University, writer, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords. Specialising in the physiology of the brain, Susan researches the impact of 21st century technologies on the mind, how the brain generates consciousness and novel approaches to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

She was welcomed by over 150 attendees who enjoyed exploring the human brain. The lecture delved into the human mind, it looked at the technology of the 21st century, and the possible effects of ICT, biotechnology and nanotechnology. Susan Greenfield illustrated the potential of generations merging and reported that our IQs were greater than in previous years but that we did not necessarily “have understanding”. She explored the effects of our reduced empathy and looked at the effects of gaming along with the difference between the under function and active function of the prefrontal cortex found in our brains.

Baroness Susan Greenfield left her audience with a range of thoughts, she answered a series of questions from them, provided autographs and summarised by saying; “The human brain is hugely responsive but is also vulnerable. It’s in our hands to decide what we want from it!”