WESTVILLE — Purdue University Northwest (PNW) has designated Friday as Brain Awareness Day and is inviting participants to engage in a variety of interesting and interactive demonstrations in The James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex on the Westville Campus located at 1401 S. U.S. 421.

While the morning session is for elementary and middle school students, the public and families are invited to the evening session from 4 to 7 p.m. 

“I think it’s important to teach people about the brain in fun and relatable ways,” said Christina Ragan, assistant professor of psychology and organizer of PNW’s Brain Awareness Day. “Neuroscience and computer science are challenging topics, but giving people the chance to explore and ask questions are some of the best ways to learn.”

Sponsored by the Dana Foundation and the Indiana Campus Compact, the event is part of Brain Awareness Week, aimed at teaching the public about the brain. 

The theme this year, “Your Brain as Your Body’s Computer,” was specifically selected to compare robotic and computer proficiency to human capability. Over 20 interactive demos, including virtual reality, robots, and the ability to view brain waves will be presented.

“Our world, especially our workforce is depending more and more on computers and we need people who understand how they work. Technology is amazing but there are still plenty of things that humans can do better than computers,” said Ragan.

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