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Rosie Clark takes part in 'Midwich experiment' to teach key stage 3 students about the brain

16 March 2015

The project, taking place in rural locations in England and Wales, has been devised by the British Film Institute (as part of its programme Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder) along with the theatre education organisation Cinelive and was funded by a Wellcome Trust People Award. It was an immersive theatrical, cinematic and educational experience for 15-16 year olds inspired by the 1961 film The Village of the Damned, itself based on John Wyndham’s novel The Midwich Cuckoos which tells the story of a village invaded by prodigious children who are able to read and control minds. This setting enabled an exploration of cognitive enhancement, neuro-imaging and the ethics of brain science. Rosie said  'I was one of a series of researchers involved to give an interactive neuroscience presentation and portable EEG demonstration to the teenagers. This was a really exciting and rewarding experience, and it was great to see pupils really interested in areas of psychology and neuroscience that they hadn't been taught about at school'.