As part of their celebrations around International Women’s Day 2017, the UCL Department of Experimental Psychology has developed a one-week blog series featuring some of their female researchers. I’m proud and very honoured to join this fabulous line-up of women scientists! Read my interview here, and make sure to catch up on the thoughts of my wonderful colleagues on the EP blog.
Margaux, a newly-minted EPFL engineer in Life Sciences and Technology, has just joined me on my “mouse love song” adventure at the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience/Bendor lab. She will intern here for the next 6 months, before taking up a PhD position at the Francis Crick Institute this fall.
Two heads are always better than one, and I’m very happy and excited for us to work together over the next half year!
After a few weeks of trepidation I just found out that my bid for a Brain Travel Award was successful. This award funds my participation to the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, where I will speak as part of an invited symposium. I’m looking forward to diverse perspectives and great discussions on how brains deal with complex, real-world environments. Thank you Guarantors of Brain for your generous support!
… guest lecture this semester (?). I’m contributing to the Neural Basis of Perception, Memory and Language BSc course, and will give an overview of central and cortical auditory processing that builds on Stuart Rosen’s Basics of Hearing from last week!
… to MSc students at Birkbeck tomorrow.
For further proof that the auditory system is delightfully entertaining, meet the dancing hair cell – it amplifies sounds in the cochlea by transforming sound-driven electrical signals into mechanical shape changes.
Update: To give credit where credit is due, the video above was made by Jonathan Ashmore at UCL. He tells here about the story of this video, shot in his lab in the late eighties!
I’m giving a lecture on the auditory system at the Institute of Continuing Education of the University of Cambridge.
To get into the mood and be amazed by the powers of our auditory system, this mildly terrifying auditory “haircut” illusion never gets old – enjoy with headphones!
How exciting. Still need to find a bunch of pretty pictures though.