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Come and find out about the phenomenon of stress and the development of the auditory system and grab your chance to win some Pint of Science goodies. Below you can find an abstract of the talks. Get your tickets soon! See you there!
The phenomenon of stress: What is happening and how to boost stress resilience
Mathias V.Schmidt (Research Group Leader "Neurobiology of Stress Resilience")
Stress is all around us; everyone has regular experience with it. But what is stress exactly? What happens under acute or chronic stress situations? We now know more about the physiological and molecular mechanisms that kick in following stress exposure. We also know that especially chronic or traumatic stress is a major risk factor for diseases, e.g., depression or metabolic disorders. On the other hand stress responses can be very beneficial when triggered at the correct time and intensity. I will discuss these topics and share our latest insights how to boost individual stress resilience.
Development of auditory system and how we hear information
Benedikt Grothe (Professor and Program Director, Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences)
The topography of the outer world is directly mapped onto the retina, our eyes receptor surface, and from there to the neuronal structures of our brain. In our ears, only sound frequency is mapped. Hence, our auditory system has to compute outer space from indirect cues (e.g., timing differences between the two ears). It is complicated, however it represents an opportunity for neuroscientists to study how brains compute and internally represent space. In particular, whether topographic representations (neuronal space maps) are required for orientation, as has been assumed for decades.