how grid cells in the brain help a person know things

‘Neuroscience and the Brain’s GPS’ at Lincolnville Community Library

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LINCOLNVILLE — John Williams will give a free talk on “Neuroscience and the Brain’s GPS” on Wednesday, September 18, at 7 p.m., at the Lincolnville Community Library.

Discussing the groundbreaking discoveries in neuroscience that earned a Nobel Prize in 2014, Williams will tell how grid cells in the brain help a person know things such as where they are in a room, their location in time, and their position in society.

“When used for spatial navigation, grid cells fire at the vertices of a hexagonal pattern mapped by the brain onto the floor of the room — hence their name,” Williams said, in a news release.

He will show video clips of neuroscientists explaining their work and then provide his own commentary. 

Williams, who lives in Lincolnville, has a doctorate in molecular biology from Yale University. He first presented this talk last winter at the Midcoast Exploration of Consciousness Workshop hosted by the Old Professor's Bookshop, in Belfast. 

The library is at 208 Main Street in Lincolnville Center. For more information, call 706-3896 or email

Event Date: 

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 7:00pm

Event Location: 

Lincolnville Community Library


208 Main Street
Lincolnville  Maine
United States