Professor Sophie Scott

Thursday, July 26 2018 at 7:30PM

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Professor Sophie Scott

What's the talk about?

Professor Scott will be addressing sense and nonsense and humans brains, and what we think we should be looking for in the study of sex differences.

We often think that it's obvious that men and women must have very different brains. But the evidence for large scale differences in male/female brain structure and function can be hard to come by. And the things we try to explain away with brain differences can be very specific, and highly driven by cultural stereotypes. This can get even messier when we try to account for sexual preferences by looking at brain differences. In this talk I will look at some of the shortcomings of the approaches and try and unpack the sense from the hype.

Sophie Scott is a research scientist who investigates human communication and the human brain, with a particular emphasis on the neurobiological basis of vocal communication and how this can go wrong. She is particularly interested in addressing both verbal and non-verbal aspects of vocal communication and has pioneered the study of the neuroscience of laughter. At night, she attempts to turn theory into practice by performing stand-up comedy. Sophie was the Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer in 2017.

There is a £3 donation to cover speaker expenses.