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FGCU Renaissance Academy, Vision Sciences Society Host "Vision and the Amazing, Changing, Aging Brain" Free Lecture May 8 at Naples Center

FORT MYERS, FL - The Renaissance Academy at Florida Gulf Coast University, together with VSS (Vision Sciences Society) will host a free lecture with guest speaker Allison Sekuler, Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior, and associate vice-president and dean of Graduate Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. "Vision and the Amazing, Changing, Aging Brain" will be held 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 8 at the FGCU Naples Center located at 1010 5th Avenue South, in Naples.

For a long time, it was assumed that once humans passed a certain age, the brain was essentially fixed, and could only deteriorate. But recent research shows that although aging leads to declines in some abilities, other abilities are spared and may even improve. This lecture will discuss the trade-offs in visual and neural processing that occurs with age, and provides evidence that we really can teach older brains new tricks.

Sekuler received her B.A. with a joint degree in Mathematics and Psychology from Pomona College, in Claremont, Calif., and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. An outstanding teacher and internationally-recognized researcher, Sekuler has been recognized as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow and an Ontario Distinguished Researcher, and she was named one of Canada's "Leaders of Tomorrow" in 2004. Her primary area of research focuses on vision science and cognitive neuroscience, with particular interests in aging, neuroimaging, autism, face perception, perceptual organization, motion perception, and neural plasticity and perceptual learning.

Sekuler has served on numerous national and international boards in support of science, recently completing her term on the Board of Directors for the Vision Sciences Society. She is a passionate advocate for science outreach, frequently appearing in the media to discuss scientific issues, and currently representing the scientific community on the national Steering Committee for the Science Media Centre of Canada.

This is a free lecture that VSS (Vision Sciences Society) is offering to the greater Lee and Collier county areas to thank and give back to the community for the years that the conference has been held in this area. The conference has been held at the Naples Grand Hotel for the last several years and prior to that it was held at the Hyatt in Sarasota. Joe Lappin, Professor Emeritus and research professor at Vanderbilt University is also a key member of the local planning committee.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Call (239) 425-3276 to register for the event.

For more information contact assistant professor Joanna Salapska-Gelleri at (239) 590-7358.

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