The science of attraction

31st March 2006

Why do we find certain people attractive and not others?� Find out how brain imaging has been used to see if it's our brains or our hearts that decide in a special lecture at Thinktank, Millennium Point next week.

Gaynor Evans, a neuroscientist from Aston University, will be looking at why we why find some people attractive and not others, focusing initially on evolutionary theories of attraction. She will then discuss her work on facial and body attractiveness which points to specific areas of the brain being involved not only in the perception of faces and bodies, but also how we appraise this attractiveness. Gaynor will also discuss how this knowledge could be applied clinically in order to try and understand more about body dysmorphia, which is a key symptom of eating disorders.

Gaynor’s talk, which will take place on 6 April, is part of a series of free evening talks at Thinktank called ‘Meet the Scientist’, which gives everyone the opportunity to discuss the science behind current issues affecting our lives today. The talk will start at 6pm in the Thinktank Theatre and will last about an hour. Free refreshments are available from 5pm in the Theatre foyer.

Kenny Webster from Thinktank said: 'It is fantastic to have real scientists coming into the museum to talk about their work in a way that everyone can follow, understand and enjoy.'

For further information about the event visit http://www.thinktank.ac or please contact Sally Hoban on (0121) 204 4552.

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