Lost and Found at the Movies: this is Your Brain on Movies

Monday, July 8, 2019 - 10:00am to Friday, July 12, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Brain that Wouldnt die poster

As if you need another reason to come by the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA –

For one week only, see a mini-exhibit of lobby cards and other advertising materials for brains in films. Brains in really schlocky B (or C?) movies. Brains in jars, evil brains from outer space, you name it.

Why? I mean, other than “Why not?!” –

We’re giving a nod to colleagues at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles-sponsored program at the L.A. Public Library (Central Library, downtown) on Tuesday evening. Here’s from their website (including the image, above):

Lost and Found at the Movies: This is Your Brain on Movies
Featuring Dr. Heather Berlin in conversation with John Nein
ALOUD on FILM @ LAPL Central Library
Tuesday, July 9, 7:30-10:00pm

If you’re already fascinated by movies from the standpoint of human behavior, consciousness and character motivation, try watching them with a neuroscientist.

With cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin (Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and host of Science Goes to the Movies) we take a journey into the human mind, exploring its relationship to cinema, in terms of complex characters, decision-making, dreams and the unconscious, addiction, artificial intelligence and the creative process itself. We also look at what cognitive science tells us about how we watch movies.

We check in (remotely) with filmmaker Ruben Östlund whose lifelong fascination with social psychology needs no further illustration than his body of work, which includes The Square (winner of the 2017 Cannes Palm D’Or), Force Majeure, Play and Involuntary.

And we pay homage to the glorious history of brains in movies, even the less cerebral ones (that’s you, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die).

Now, about that mini-exhibit we’re doing – the poster for The Brain from Planet Arous alone is worth the price of admission.

Russell A. Johnson
Curator, History of Medicine and the Sciences