The CHRISTMAS LECTURES® return for their one hundred and eighty-second series! Renowned experimental psychologist Professor Bruce Hood delivering a demonstration packed, three-part series, 'Meet Your Brain'.

Meet Your Brain

Inside each and every one of us is the most marvellous structure in the known universe – the human brain. Our brains make us who we are, yet how they work has long been a mystery. We all know that we think, but not how we think.

But in the last few years, science has started to reveal this hidden and complex world. In these lectures, Bruce explores what we know about how our brains work, and how these remarkable organs make us truly human. He looks at how you create your own version of reality, what makes your brain decide what information to trust and what to ignore (without you even knowing!) and why you are programmed to read other people's minds.

Bruce said:

"I am truly thrilled to present the 2011 CHRISTMAS LECTURES®. I am honoured to follow in the very large footsteps left by all the great scientists who have made this event part of this nation's Christmas tradition."

Watch the Lectures

You can watch the lectures right here, on the Ri Channel:

Try the illusions

Want to try some of the demonstrations and illusions for yourself? Explore them here:

Bruce's Blog

Bruce blogged about his experience: watch his video blogs below, or read his posts here.

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    Professor Bruce Hood

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    Bruce on the 2011 Christmas Lecture set.

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    Professor Bruce Hood in the Faraday Theatre

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    Professor Bruce Hood on set.

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    Professor Bruce Hood rehearsing

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    Professor Bruce Hood testing out a demo

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    Bruce demonstrates how our brain perceives certain shapes.

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    Bruce and members of Windfall Productions in the Ames room.

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    Professor Bruce Hood

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