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How the Body Knows Its Mind

Illinois Science Council

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CST)

How the Body Knows Its Mind

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Illinois Science Council’s "Know your brain" Series

"How the Body Knows Its Mind"

ISC is thrilled to host Dr. Sian Beilock, of The University of Chicago, for our first 2015 program at a cool new science museum.  Dr. Beilock will discuss her research in psychology and her new book, "How the Body Knows Its Mind" about how our body interacts with our brain.  She will share the tantalizing idea that our bodies "hack" our brains.  The way we move affects our thoughts, our decisions, and even our preferences for particular products.  Called "embodied cognition," this new science - of which Beilock is a foremost researcher - illuminates the power of the body and its physical surroundings to shape how we think, feel, and behave.  Simple actions can have big effects on our ability to learn, perform and feel our best - we just have to know what they are. More on the book & research here.

Dr. Sian Beilock

Sian Beilock is a leading expert on the brain science behind human performance. A professor in the psychology department at the University of Chicago, she has PhDs in both kinesiology and psychology from Michigan State University, and received an award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science in 2011.  

This talk will be at the new National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago, a unique space in the Loop that enhances access to scientific data through large-scale digitization projects.  

This program is free but registration is required. ISC maintains an ‘open-mind’ on many things, however seating is limited. (Zombies not allowed.)  So please reserve yourself a seat in advance. Visit: IllinoisScience.org to learn more and join the mailing list so you'll be informed of future programs. 

Support for this series provided by the National Science Foundation. 

National Science Foundation

Have questions about How the Body Knows Its Mind? Contact Illinois Science Council

When & Where

National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago
175 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CST)

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Illinois Science Council


Illinois Science Council ("ISC") is an independent 501c3 organization that engages, educates, and entertains the adult public about science, technology, engineering and math in our everyday lives. We showcase the scientists and research of those Chicago-area institutions and companies that make Chicago our nation's true "City of Science." ISC serves as the science & tech complement to the region's arts & culture offerings. 

We are inspired and motivated by this Carl Sagan quote: “The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous." Sagan also observed, "We live in a society that is exquisitely dependent upon science and technology in which hardly anyone understands anything about science and technology." ISC is certainly working to change that.

ISC explores all areas of science and technology and we do it with a fun, non-stuffy approach.  We don't care what's been forgotten since school (or never learned in the first place). It's simply about continuing to exercise our inexhaustible human sense of curiosity. We create engaging programs open to the public (aimed at adults and accessible to teens) such as hands on chemistry (Chemistry of... Beer, Chocolate, Coffee, Honey, etc), panel discussions on science subjects in the news (Your Brain on Happiness, on Creativity, on Addiction, on Exercise, etc.), author talks, film screenings ("The Atom Smashers"), and more. 

Visit: IllinoisScience.org for more info or to get involved. 

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