Inside Out

The State Theatre Modesto, CA


Alan Kaplan

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Inside Out— In the mood: Deciphering complex brain signals

The human brain contains approximately 86 billion neurons, and 100 trillion connections between those neurons. Though we can't see each neuron and exactly how they all connect, several noninvasive ways to imaging the living brain exist and and have been used to great benefit. In this talk, Alan Kaplan explores the immense landscape of the human brain, quantifies the brain in terms of data flow, and describes the engineering applications of that data and how it is used to determine the pattern of signals that arise during various activities and mood states.

The State Theatre Modesto, CA

Film Synopsis

An 11-year-old girl's five emotions try to guide her through a difficult transition after she moves from the Midwest to San Francisco.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by five emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

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