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Brain Expert David Robinson to Speak at Springfield College Annual McCabe Lecture

March 26, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 26, 2009 – David Robinson, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health (NIH) expert on aspects of how the brain works, will discuss “Brain Mechanisms of Sensation as Studied in Behaving Monkeys,” at Springfield College’s annual Briton C. and Lucille McCabe Lecture on Thursday, April 2, 2009, at 4 p.m., in Appleton Auditorium of Fuller Arts Center, on the campus.

The lecture, which is open to the public free of charge, is Springfield College’s premiere annual scholarly event in the biological and physical sciences. Annually, it brings leaders in these fields to the campus to discuss timely topics and discoveries for the benefit of students, professionals in these fields, and the community.

Robinson, acting director of the Division of Intramural Research of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the NIH, has studied the brains of awake, trained Rhesus monkeys. He has investigated how the brain produces visual sensations, controls the direction of attention, and directs eye and head movements. In his presentation at Springfield College, he will outline studies on how the brain controls the direction of visual spatial attention. He will also describe studies which show the brain processes that eliminate visual motion sensation generated by an animal’s own eye movements.

Robinson graduated from Springfield College in 1965 with a major in education/biology and was strongly influenced to pursue the study of the brain by his swimming coach, Charles “Red” Silvia.

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