Stimulate your mind at Brain Awareness Week

10 March 2010

Brain scan

A neuroscientist is teaming up with a theatre director as part of a unique collaboration to mark Brain Awareness Week.

Professor Sophie Scott from UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience will join Dr Jonathan Holmes to discuss how sound and the way our brains interpret auditory information influence our experiences at the theatre.

Professor Scott is an expert on the human brain, and she has investigated the ways that our brains respond to sound.

Dr Holmes is an expert on Shakespeare and the history of the theatre, and he will describe how sound has been used in theatre from Shakespeare’s time to the present day.

The pair will discuss how hearing differs from seeing, what makes sounds seem loud, why people shout when they are on mobile phones, and how audiences react to sound.

To register for a place at ‘The Audience Brain’, which is free between 1pm and 2pm on 17 March at Conway Hall in Holborn, please follow the link above.

The event is one of several marking Brain Awareness Week, which runs from 15 to 21 March. Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research.

Click on the video below to hear more about Professor Scott’s research.


Other events involving or hosted by UCL are below:

  • Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience) will discuss ‘The Social Brain’ – looking at how research is expanding our knowledge of the brain’s development during adolescence – as part of UCL’s Lunch Hour Lecture series. The event takes place between 1.15pm and 1.55pm on 18 March at the Darwin Lecture Theatre in Gower Street. To find out more follow the link above.
  • Cognitive neuroscientist Dr Tali Sharot (UCL Institute for Neurology) will give a talk about how optimism may be the key to our evolutionary success at a free event at the Wellcome Collection in Euston Road between 1pm and 1.45pm on 19 March.
  • Consultant neurosurgeon Andrew McEvoy, a specialist on epilepsy, will give a talk entitled ‘Cavernoma and Epilepsy’ on 20 March. Mr McEvoy will be introduced by a patient who underwent a successful awake craniotomy last year. The event takes place between 10am and 1pm in the Old Boardroom of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square. To register please contact Ian Stuart on 01305 213876.

For more information about the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience or Brain Awareness Week follow the links above.

Image: MRI brain scan


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