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Ontario Science Centre unveils Great Conversations: The Mind Series

TORONTO (February 12, 2020) – Do you understand the power of your mind? The Ontario Science Centre launches its 2020 speaker series on The Mind in collaboration with Knowledge Partner, the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI). The series brings leading experts to share the latest research into the brain and how our minds work.

Rooted in psychology, the Science Centre’s latest exhibition MindWorks brings mental processes like decision-making, memory and emotions to life through colourful, playful and fun hands-on exhibits. Great Conversations is a special featured event of the Ontario Science Centre, designed to spark discussion, debate and discovery on fascinating topics in the world of science.

“We are excited about our partnership with the Ontario Brain Institute.  In addition to the contributions during the development of our newest exhibition MindWorks, OBI’s collaboration with our speaker series will let us showcase emerging research on the mind and potential therapies,” said Catherine Paisley, interim CEO of the Ontario Science Centre. “These thought-provoking talks are part of our mission to inspire passion for the human adventure of discovery, by engaging our community and promoting a love of lifelong learning.”

“As a provincially-funded organization, one of our core objectives is to educate the public about their brain health,” said Dr. Tom Mikkelsen, president and scientific director, Ontario Brain Institute. “Our partnership with the Ontario Science Centre allows us to make knowledge accessible, digestible and fun; enabling people to manage their own health and wellness and improving life quality.”

The three-part series features 90-minute conversations moderated by Dan Riskin, an evolutionary biologist and former TV co-host of Daily Planet.


March 7 — Science Meets Psychedelics

Are there new avenues to treat disorders like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder?  Discover the cutting-edge research findings by psychologists on why psychedelics have the power to heal the mind.

Norman Farb, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga

Anne Wagner, PhD, Clinical psychologist, Founder of Remedy and Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University


April 4 — Mindfulness for Better Brain Health

Mindfulness is growing in popularity, but does it work? What’s the science behind it? Learn about two innovative projects, one for adults with autism and their caregivers and the other to reduce violence in our communities.

Yona Lunsky, PhD, Director of the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Sue Hutton, social worker and mindfulness instructor for CAMH

Julien Lutz, a.k.a. Director X, founder of Operation Prefrontal Cortex

Brianne Redquest, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at CAMH


May 2 — Neuroplasticity: The Adaptive Brain

The human brain has the amazing ability to adapt, create and change throughout one’s life. That’s neuroplasticity. Does everyone’s brain engage in neuroplasticity? And are there any limits?

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, Director of the Arrowsmith Schools, educator, and author of The Woman Who Changed her Brain

Jennifer Crosbie, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Health Clinician Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children

Allison Sekuler, PhD, Vice President of research at Baycrest Health Sciences


All talks begin at 4 p.m. and last for 90 minutes. Free with general admission. No ticket required.

Recommended for ages 18 plus.
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