If it really is true that it is the thought that counts, then the annual Brain and Cinema Week is a very significant event in our cultural calendar. The festival takes place, for the fourth year, at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, from March 8 to 13, as part of International Brain Awareness Week.

Naturally, there is plenty of cerebral collateral on offer over the six days, with lectures and panel discussions lined up on a wide range of tantalizing topics, such as fantasy and brainmachine interfaces, how we learn new skills, the machinations of the musical brain, the sensorial processing of smells and the ramifications of responses to pressure situations.

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