22 September 2016
How we use our knowledge of the different effects stress has on the brain to help brain injured people recover will be explored in our free annual joint lecture with the British Academy tonight from 6pm to 7.15pm in London.
Professor Ian Robertson, a leading researcher in brain rehabilitation from Trinity College Dublin, will discuss the complexities of the brain and how it has the remarkable capacity to modify its own structure, chemistry and function.
Professor Robertson said:
"Stress can change the brain in positive as well as negative ways because its biochemical effects have an inverted U shaped function such that moderate amounts of stress can push the brain to a 'sweet spot' of function, both cognitive and emotional.
As we remember 1916 and the millions of men who suffered traumatic brain injury, I outline how we have used the concept of the sweet spot to help brain injured people recover."
'The Stress Test' will be chaired by Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes and is free and open to the public; no registration is required. It will take place at the British Academy, Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG.
For further information please contact the BA Events Team on 0207 969 5200. A video of the lecture will be available in due course. You can watch a video of last year's lecture: 'Keeping a spotless mind: The neuroscience of motivated forgetting' by Michael Anderson Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the MRC, Cambridge.