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Edinboro University Psychology Club again sponsors ‘Brain Awareness Day’

03/14/2012

Have you ever wondered just how your brain works?

For the answer to that and equally compelling questions about your central nervous system, simply visit the Millcreek Mall Sunday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. That’s when members of Edinboro University’s Psychology Club and the University’s Psychology Department will be on hand as part of “Brain Awareness Day.”

Students and faculty from Edinboro University’s Psychology Department will be at the Mall (near Bon Ton) with a variety of exhibits, games, activities and give-aways that teach not only about brain anatomy, but also how people sense, move, feel and think.

“Brain Awareness Day” is an event primarily for children aged five through high school (but adults are welcome, too!) and intended to educate and raise awareness about how the brain works while advocating for more research into disorders of the nervous system.

Students and faculty will have several stations with activities designed to educate individuals about the anatomy of the central nervous system, sensation, perception and cognition. Information on mental health and happiness will also be provided.

This event is free and open to the public.

“While everyone knows to keep their heart and lungs healthy, the brain gets ignored in spite of its special place among all the parts of the body,” says Professor Peter McLaughlin of Edinboro University’s Psychology Department.  “Most of the body enables us to be who we are, but the brain, in a real sense, is who we are: all our actions, perceptions, beliefs, memories, dreams, and plans emanate from this one small organ.”

He said that with faculty and students present on Saturday, March 24, there will be plenty of activities for children.

 “We are trying to call attention to the great brain and nervous system research being done in order to inspire the next generation of neuroscientists,” said McLaughlin. “Of course, the flip side of the amazing complexity of the brain is its delicate nature, so another major goal of ‘Brain Awareness Day’ is to bring visibility to the many devastating mental and neurological disorders.”

The event is being held as part of “Brain Awareness Week,” an international educational outreach effort sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience and the Dana Foundation.

For more information on “Brain Awareness Day” at the Millcreek Mall, contact Professor McLaughlin, advisor to the Psychology Club, at pmclaughlin@edinboro.edu or phone 814-732-1787.