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Bristol Neuroscience Festival October 2013

17 October 2013

Bristol Neuroscience Festival reigned supreme with "Beat the Professor"

The festival was a celebration of neuroscience research carried out across Schools and Departments in Bristol over the past 10 years.  Researcher and students presented numerous activities for the public to engage with their research, as well as some fun and games for parents and children to enjoy.  Experimental Psychology and the TARG group were present at the festival for both days and we were inundated with visitors to our stands.  At the Psychology stand perhaps the most popular game was "Beat the Professor" in which members of the public were able to see if their brain signal travelled faster than one of our professors.  On day one our very own Peter Rogers reigned supreme with only one or two members of the public beating his speed. However, on day two of the big guns came out and there was a mini competition between professors.  After only one practice session the mighty Jeff Bowers shattered the previous record and took the title of the Fastest Professor, beating Peter into second place.  Other pretenders came and tried (Markus) but by the end of the festival Jeff reigned supreme.

The festival was a great success and Psychology was extremely well represented.  This was only possible because we also have such a fabulous group of undergraduate and postgraduate students (plus one year 8 Backwell School pupil) who gave up their weekend to engage with the public. So a huge thank you to all of the volunteers for making this such a great event.  

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