Science on Screen

Unexpected pairings of current, cult and documentary film with lively post-screening discussions by renowned experts in science, technology and medicine.

Each film is a jumping off point for discussion by a compelling speaker, offering opportunities to explore and think about science in new ways.  The perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment!

 

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (2007)


Wednesday, September 30 @ 7:00pm

Julian Schnabel’s visual masterpiece based on the inspiring memoirs of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, at age 43, develops Locked-in Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder characterized by complete paralysis of volunteer muscles except for those that control eye movement.

SPEAKERS: Dr. Kyle Cave and Dr. David Moorman, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst

TOPIC: Despite new technologies for measuring brain activity, it can still be difficult to communicate with “locked-in” patients, or even to know what they are experiencing. We know little about how brain activity leads to conscious experience, but some new experimental findings may lead to new insights.