We are delighted to announce that Professor Sophie Scott will be delivering the keynote address at the upcoming Inaugural Research Staff Event 2016 on 10th October 2016.
Since performing stand-up comedy at The Bright Club at University College London (UCL), Sophie has actively been involved in public engagement, most recently by sharing her research on why we laugh through various platforms. Highlights from her public engagement work include delivering a TED Talk that uncovers the science behind cracking up and appearing on the Radio 4 programmes, The Infinite Monkey Cage and The Life Scientific. Her research on laughter has also been toured at science fairs and exhibitions as part of the Laughter_Lab project.
Sophie is currently the Deputy Director of UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. She was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of British Science in 2016. Her research primarily explores the neural basis of vocal communication and how our brains process information about speech and voices. Her recent research examines the neuroscience of laughter.
To learn more about how she engages the public with her research, click through the following blogpost in which Sophie outlines an experiment on laughter she conducted at the Science Museum: