Inst. Experimental Medicine of Hungarian Academy of Sci.; Eotvos Lorand Univ. Dept. Physiology and Neuobiology

Organized by:
Inst. Experimental Medicine of Hungarian Academy of Sci.; Eotvos Lorand Univ. Dept. Physiology and Neuobiology

Participating Organizations:

Inst. of Experimental Medicine (IEM-HAS) Dept. of Physiology and Neurobiology of Eötvös Lorand University, the Research Centre of Natural Sciences of Hungarian Academy of Sciences (RCNS) the National Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, the Cognitive Development Centre of Central European Universi

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Conference/Forum
  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Other
  • Press Briefing
  • TV Show
  • Other: Psychophysiological Playground

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

1. Seminar Corner: sharing information and discussion with the Visitors (Március 17) – Tasks and games in the life of dogs – Laboratory studies on animal behavior – Biorobotics Március 18. – Novel results of the National Brain Research Program – Automatic and task-directed events in the child development; 2. Plenary Lectures: Tasks and games: the roles of problem solving in the development and functioning of the brain Március 17. – Brain functions underlying task solving (A.Gulyas; IEM-HAS) – Experience sharing, human communication: the cultural learning (Gy.Gergely; CEU) Március 18. – The role of playing in the animal life (V.Altbacker; EL Univ) – Game addiction: an over-run phenomenon (J.Topál; RCNS) 3. Psycho-physiological Playground Március 17-18 Visitors “played” at 28 work-benches, each supervised by scientists and supplied with explanatory posters. Observations of mouse and rat behaviour included open-field tests, learning processes in Skinner-boxes, labyrinths and social interaction phenomena. Self-tests of human reactions were offered by human brain-computer interface experiments, polygraphy, eye movement studies, tremorometry as well as in optical and audio illusions. 4. History of brain research and the methodology of biological studies was presented in the Biology Museum of EL.Univ.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Emails sent to biology teachers and school directors served as an effective tool. Whole classes and also families notified by teachers indicated their interest well before the event.


Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • BAW Bookmark
  • Puzzles: BAW Favorites

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Puzzles/Games
  • New Coloring Sheets

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

The events raised great interest in brain researches and helped to clear a number of “legendary” issues.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

Knowledge and interest cab be easily built if personal experimentation and interactive learning methods are provided. We go on developing our “Psychophysiological Playground”, where visitors can “work” with experimental animals and can measzre their own reactions by modern instrumentation.

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Emilia Madarasz

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36 1 210 9966

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