CRAM Toronto: York | Prisoners of Gravity

Laurence Harris
Laurence Harris, Professor and Director of the ORU-Centre for Vision Research Dept of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Tier I York Research Chair in Multisensory Integration
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:45pm

Gravity is a given. We as humans have evolved in the constant presence of the gravitational pull of Earth. Most of us may not realize it, but gravity is an essential influence on our behaviour and our perceptions. Our brains use gravity for stability, as a reference to help us judge distances, and even to help establish ownership of our bodies. So who do we become when gravity as we know it disappears? We share what happened during some fascinating experiments in unusual environments, such as underwater and aboard the International Space Station, and the far-reaching effects those results might have for us here on earth.

Professor Laurence Harris is the director of the Centre for Vision Research at York University and holds a York Research Chair. He founded the journal Multisensory Research. Harris explores how the senses combine to generate the perception of our body and the world in which it moves. He has worked on projects on the International Space Station and has a variety of unique equipment for exploring the role of gravity in perception.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: 6:00-6:45pm talk, 9:00-9:45pm talk
Organized by: CRAM Toronto
Location: York University - Vari Hall A, 198 York Blvd, Toronto