Gifford Lecture Series - Body and Mind: Insights from Neuroscience

Published: 25 May 2012

This year’s prestigious University of Glasgow Gifford Lecture Series will feature three talks from distinguished neuroscientist, V.S. Ramachandran.

Date: Sunday, May 27 2012 - Wednesday, May 30 2012
Venue: University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Category: Public lectures
Speaker: Professor Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, University of California, San Diego, USA

This year’s prestigious University of Glasgow Gifford Lecture Series will feature three talks from V.S. Ramachandran, the Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognition and Distinguished Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California.

Founded in 1887 by the bequest of Lord Gifford, the annual Gifford Lecture Series was established to promote, advance and diffuse the study of Natural Theology in the widest sense of that term. The focus of this series will be 'Body and Mind; Insights from Neuroscience.' 

Ramachandran said: “Monday's lecture will focus on body image and mind body interactions, while Wednesday's lecture will deal with understanding higher brain functions through studies of synesthesia and other types of intersensory interactions, including discoveries of mirror neurons. I will also touch on the important deeper philosophical implications that surround these subject areas.”

Dr Susan Stuart, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow said: “It is our great pleasure that Vilayanur S. Ramachandran has agreed to present the 2012 Gifford lectures at the University of Glasgow. Ramachandran is one of the world's leading neuroscientists; he has been responsible for groundbreaking work in the fields of behavioural neurology and psychophysics.

“His work on autism, visual processing, and synaesthesia is truly pioneering and during his career he has carried out marvellous work on understanding and treating phantom limb disorders as well as linking between temporal lobe epilepsy and hyper-religiosity, a field now known as 'neurotheology' or 'spiritual neuroscience'.”

  • Sunday 27 May, 2.30-4.30

Art, metaphor and synesthesia {afternoon workshop} - Sir Charles Wilson, Lecture Theatre

  • Monday 28th May 6pm (doors open 5:30pm)

Illusions , delusions and the brain - Bute Hall, Main Building

  • Wednesday 30th May 6pm (doors open 5:30pm) - Molecules , neurons and morality
    Bute Hall, Main Building
All of the events are free and open to the public, however you are required to register online by following the link below:

For more information please contact Nick Wade in the University of Glasgow Media Relations Office on 0141 330 7126 or at

First published: 25 May 2012

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