Life of Pi screened to promote Brain Sciences among kids

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016,13:54 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Jerusalem | Irrfan Khan and Tabu-starrer Life of Pi has been screened here that will help promote awareness about brain sciences among youngsters in Israel. Screened as a part of a unique project, Art and Brain Week, launched by the Edmond and Lily Safra Centre for Brain Sciences (ELSC) at the Hebrew University and Jerusalem Cinematheque, the award winning film helped students understand how the brain collates a stream of electro-chemical signals and distinctly two different images sent by two human eyes to present a single image.

A doctoral student, Adi Kol, of the ELSC centre in an interesting interactive presentation on Depth Perception in imagery prepared the young minds to understand how the brain analyses information sent by sensory organs and how the knowledge has helped enrich artistic creativity. Explaining the purpose of this unique initiative, the Executive Director of ELSC, Rafi Aviram said that it was an effort of the centre to connect to the masses and specially to promote awareness about research in the field of brain sciences among youngsters who may at a later stage choose the discipline for higher studies.

The purpose of the Brain Awareness Week is to raise public awareness to the importance of brain research and present research advances in the field, Aviram said. ELSC’s ‘Art and Brain Week’ promotes this goal while strengthening the relationship between community and academia, he added. Besides the educational part, the film also had many in theaudienceadmiring the beautiful images of Pondicherry. A special scientific event has been planned every evening at the Jerusalem Cinematheque as part of the week-long initiative which includes a lecture by a leading neuro- scientist at the forefront of brain research and screening of a film related to the lecture.

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