OCTOBER 3, 2019.
Excursion to the lab of Dr. Laurence Harris, York University, to learn and experience the effects of gravity on our perception. Dr. Harris spoke at Senior College last fall but will assume some missed it or don’t remember what they heard. Limited to 15 people so everyone gets a chance to try the demonstrations.
PLAN FOR THE EVENT
12:00 Meet for lunch at the Schulich Executive Dining Room near the York University subway stop (building 42 on attached map). A la carte, at your own expense. Dr. Harris will join us.
Approx. 1:40 Dr. Harris will lead us across campus to his lab. [Alternative with less walking: take the subway one more stop to Pioneer Village, which is near his lab in Building 2 in the attached map.]
2:00 Room 1015 Sherman Health Sciences Research Centre. Dr. Harris will make a presentation about his research and answer questions.
3:00 Experience some of the effects in Dr. Harris’ lab across the hall from Room 1015.
4:00 Leave for the nearby subway stop at Pioneer Village.
PRESENTATION: “PRISONERS OF GRAVITY”
We have evolved and grown up in the constant presence of the gravitational pull of the Earth. Dealing with gravity is an essential element of our behaviour and our perceptions. Gravity information is picked up by organs in our skull and is used to maintain stability under the constant threat of gravity. Recently we have found that our brains use gravity not only for stability but also as a reference that helps us judge distances and even help establish ownership of our bodies. Cancelling gravity in low earth orbit removes the sense of “up” but may also have other far-reaching effects. I will describe some of my experiments investigating this remarkable “sixth sense”, including an ongoing project on the International Space Station. I will also demonstrate some of the equipment that we use to alter the relationship between our gravity sensors and other senses including a Tumbling Room and a room built on its side.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Professor Laurence Harris obtained his PhD at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is the director of the Centre for Vision Research at York University, where he is a professor of Psychology. He holds the York Research Chair in Multisensory Integration and founded the international journal “Multisensory Research”. His research explores how the senses combine to generate our perception of our body and the world in which we move. He runs projects on the International Space Station and uses a variety of unique equipment for exploring the role of gravity in perception here on Earth. For more information see: http://www.yorku.ca/harris/
Location: Meet for lunch at the Schulich Executive Dining Room near the York University subway stop.
(Seymour Schulich Bldg, 111 Ian MacDonald Blvd, North York, ON M3J 1P3).
Phone: (416) 736-5342
Cost:The event is free. Registrants are responsible for their own lunch that day.
Registration: Attendance is limited to 15 persons.