As a neuroscientist, I am interested in how the brain works, and particularly how the human visual system can produce the amazingly colourful image that we have of the world. When I was applying to University I had never heard of neuroscience and instead applied to study Psychology and Physiology. It was during this course that I became particularly interested in the visual system and the things that can go wrong with it. Although it is the eyes that pick up the light from the work, large areas of the brain are devoted to processing the information from the eyes. To understand how this happens, and the consequences of it going wrong, I use an MRI scanner to look at the responses of the brain to different visual images.
One of the aspects of my job that I am passionate about is communicating neuroscience to other people, something that we do at our Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging through visits to our scanner, a work experience week for A-level students, brain-related games and even a play!
How does the brain identify voices?
166,000 visitors, 700 competition entries and 1 live experiment! As part of the Brain Diaries exhibition, which took place at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, researchers asked the general public what they would like to find out if they had access to an MRI scanner and a team of brain researchers. The winning question was chosen and the experiment was streamed live on the...