Public Engagement with Science at the ICN

General public engagement actitives s

      Patrick Haggard contributed to to the Naked Scientists Question of the Week!

This can be listened to here. http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/questions/question/1000157/

This featured on BBC Five Live, ABC National Australia, BBC Cambridgeshire as well as being downloaded worldwide in podcast form.



Dr Jenny Crinion gave a mind-bending talk about the brain and the chronic, but little understood disorder aphasia; acquired language problems – commonly caused by strokes, head injury or brain tumors – that impair communication skills.

Read more:

http://www.itsnicethat.com/ articles/words-as-words-review



A panel discussion on Spatial Cognition with Madeleine Keehner, Neil Burgess, and Mary Hegarty, The Science Network, Boston, 23rd July, 2011:

http://thesciencenetwork.org/ programs/cogsci-2011/panel-2-2




TED Talk by Neil Burgess: How your brain tells you where you are. Click here to watch.

How do you remember where you parked your car? How do you know if you're moving in the right direction? Neuroscientist Neil Burgess studies the neural mechanisms that map the space around us, and how they link to memory and imagination.


Arts and Ideas

The best of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival of ideas 2011 - featuring debates, in-depth interviews and stimulating conversation with thinkers, scientists, politicians and public figures, all recorded in front of an audience. Free Thinking is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Mon - Friday at 10pm

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Thu, 24 Nov 11

45 mins

Neuro-scientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore gives a talk on changes in the teenage brain. Teenagers often act on impulse, are lazy, emotional and get into trouble with the police and parents. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London and a leading expert on teenage brains. Using recent research about the radical changes taking place in the adolescent brain, she argues it's time to rethink our attitudes towards youth and the place of teenagers in society.

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Travels in Space, Time & Imagination at the TEDSalon in London

“ Travels in Space, Time & Imagination ” was the theme of the fifth TEDSalon in London, which took place on Thursday 10 November and played to a packed house.

The second sessions was opened by neuroscientist Neil Burgess , who tackled the very basic question: “ Where did I park my car? ” by discussing in details how the brain navigates space and develops virtual “maps” of the locations we have been to. Sensory information from the environment, especially distance and direction to boundaries, captured by place cells and grid cells play a key role in letting us know where we are — or in allowing us to remember where our car is parked, and to find it.

More information here.


Sophie Scott and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore spoke about mind myths on All in the Mind on BBC Radio 4 on 8th November.

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore spoke about the teenage brain at the BBC Free Thinking Festival on 5th November. The talk will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 10pm on 23rd November 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/ programmes/b0144txn

Sophie Scott's website

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore's website

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The 2010 Henry Cole Lecture "The Curious Brain in the Museum" with Professor Uta Frith

  • What: Free talks & tours
  • When: Thu 18 November 2010 19:00
  • Where: Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre

Talk : Leading developmental psychologist and self-confessed 'museum addict', Professor Uta Frith has pioneered new research in autism and dyslexia and is the author of several books on these issues, including 'Autism: Explaining the Enigma'. She is Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London and Research Foundation Professor at the Faculties of Humanities and Health Sciences, University of Aarhus, Denmark. The annual Henry Cole lecture series honours the legacy of the Museum's founding director, and explores issues facing museums, culture and society today. This event celebrates the 350th Anniversary of The Royal Society.

Watch it now on Youtube!


Mobiles 'are no worse for brain than thinking'

Download the coverage here.



Pain reduced by changing what you look at



Self-touch reduces acute pain

http://www.businessweek.com/ lifestyle/content/healthday/ 643497.html
By Randy Dotinga

http://blogs.nature.com/news/ thegreatbeyond/2010/09/ selftouch_lessens_acute_pain_ b.html
B y Alla Katsnelson

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/ cbc/100924/science/science_ pain_hand_brain
By Yahoo!

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2010/ 09September/Pages/experiment- touch-eases-pain.aspx
By NHS news

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ health/article-1314763/Why- gentle-rub-really-does-help- pain-away.html
By David Derbyshire

http://www.voanews.com/ english/news/health/Touch- That-Heals-May-be-Your-Own- 103722004.html
By Art Chimes

http://myhealthnewsdaily.com/ self-touch-eases-acute-pain- 100923-0429/
By Amber Angelle

http://noorderlicht.vpro.nl/ artikelen/43988121/
By Elmar Veerman

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ health-11399254
By Philipa Roxby

http://beforeitsnews.com/ story/188/368/Healing_Hands_ Proven_Acute_Pain_Is_Eased_ With_The_Touch_Of_A_Hand_Say_ Researchers.html
By Alton Parrish

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/ news-articles/1009/10092401

UCL news



Can brain scanners judge age of criminal liability? Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore comments:




Are Two Heads Better Than One? It Depends Communication and competence are key, study suggests

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=are-two-heads-better-than By Ryota Kanai and Michael Banissy

http://blogs.discovermagazine. com/notrocketscience/2010/08/ 26/two-heads-better-than-one- if-the-heads-talk-and-know- how-competent-they-are/

http://www.independent.co.uk/ life-style/health-and- families/two-heads-perform- better-than-one-sometimes- 2063072.html

http://www.ion.ucl.ac.uk/ articles/news/100827

www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/ wissenschaft/die_zeit_des_ einsamen_genies_ist_vorbei_1. 7788057.html (in German)





Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Uta Frith recommend Five Books:

http://fivebooks.com/interviews/sarah-jayne-blakemore-on-min d-and-brain

http://fivebooks.com/ interviews/uta-frith-on-autism


    Patrick Haggard is giving a talk at IRCAM/Cite des Sciences in Paris on 8 June, as
part of the AGORA festival conference on 'Espace, corps, son'
http://agora.ircam.fr/935. html?event=889

Mairead MacSweeney talked about 'Language and the Brain: Insights from Deafness and Sign Language'  at the  UCL Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre - Deaf Open Day.  This event, for research volunteers, was held at UCL on 20th March 2010.

For more information click here:

http://www.dcal.ucl.ac.uk/ Events/DCAL_Deaf_Open_Day.html




Evening Salon: Attention and Recognition
Why do we recognise some things and not others? How does the power of attention work?

Join Nilli Lavie, specialist in psychology and brain sciences, philosopher Mike Martin, and artist Christopher Stevens in examining these questions.

All events are FREE but booking is recommended: info@projectspace176.com

For more info click here.




  Neil Burgess will speak at the Welcome Collection event 'Rewiring the Mind' on Thursday 25th March.
    Sarah-Jayne Blakemore will speak at a Policy Lab discussion at the Royal Society on Tuesday 24th November.
    The Developmental Group held an exhibit on The Teenage Brain: A Work in Progress at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2009
  Geraint Rees took part in the Cheltenham Festival of Science: Mind reader and States of mind: Consciousness in 2008.
  Vincent Walsh organised a workshop on synaesthesia in 2008.
  Ayse P Saygin, Frederic Dick (Birkbeck) and Marty Serano (UCL & Birkbeck) has been involved in scanning the footballer and football coach Roberto Donadoni's brain - Inside the brain of Roberto Donadoni (BBC SPORT).
  Ashish Ranpura runs Cafe Scientifique in London.
  Stephanie Burnett is working with a theatre production company to explore issues of youth violence, incorporating recent brain research.
  The Developmental Group helped to organise a public lecture on autism as part of Brain Awareness week in March 2007.
  Ashish Ranpura organised a Science Soapbox at the Bloomsbury Festival, and Iroise Dumontheil and Stephanie Burnett gave talks.
  Stephanie Burnett and Catherine Sebastian took part in a “scientists on the sofa” event on the Teenage Brain.
  PhD students from the Developmental Group have also taken part in the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA) ‘Perspectives' poster competition in which PhD students communicate their research to the public at the annual BA Festival of Science.
  Vincent Walsh was Scientist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music 2002-2007.





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