Pint of Science 2018

Issued: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:47:00 BST

Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. You don't need any prior knowledge, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science and have a pint with them. 

This year’s event takes place in a variety of locations across Glasgow and features some familiar faces from the School and Institute. Follow the links for tickets and booking information:



Dissecting Dementia – Monday 14 May

Sports concussion and dementia: what to believe?

Dr Josie Fullerton (Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Glasgow)

Dr Josie Fullerton joined the Glasgow Brain Injury Research Group in 2016. Josie is currently studying human brain tissue from people who have experienced traumatic brain injuries to find out what the acute and long-term consequences are. Josie has a keen interest in public engagement and science communication. At Pint of Science, she will explain the latest findings on how sport concussion may cause long-term damage to your brain, and potentially lead to neurodegenerative disease.




Unravelling the Brain – Tuesday 15 May

Getting directions; Dyslexic Brains have a Smart Route for You

Léon Franzen (PhD student in Neuroscience, University of Glasgow)

Have you ever wondered why people with dyslexia, one of the most common learning disabilities, struggle with seemingly easy reading and spelling tasks but excel in so many other areas in life? And what occupations are particularly suitable for dyslexic brains? Join me on a tour through the often mystified and misunderstood land of dyslexia. Recent findings, from my PhD on adult dyslexics’ decision making, will give you an understanding of dyslexics’ extraordinary strengths arising from a life facing adversity.


Predicting and Mind Wandering – What our Brains are made for

Professor Lars Muckli (Professor of Cognitive and Visual Neurosciences, University of Glasgow)

What is the main purpose of our brain function? Answer: Its incredible ability to ‘predict’ the future. Professor Lars Muckli’s research focuses on cortical feedback and predictive coding in the visual cortex, particularly primary visual cortex (V1), using functional brain imaging methods (fMRI, TMS, EEG). He is also closely involved with the Human Brain Project – a global collaborative effort for neuroscience, medicine and computing to understand the brain, its diseases and its computational capabilities - setting the stage for future scientific revolutions and societal breakthroughs.


How People Perceive Difference

Dr Helena Paterson (Lecturer in Psychology, University of Glasgow)

By living in social groups and through collaboration, humans have become one of the most dominant species on our planet, capable of colonising most of the earth and surviving in extremes of climate and even space. In contrast to this talent for togetherness, people are sensitive to differences from the self and seem to effortlessly develop mindsets about us and them, in-group and out-groups, being included and being excluded. In this talk, Dr Helena Paterson will take a journey through some of the psychological theories we can use to understand this behaviour.




What Decides Our Decisions? – Tuesday 15 May

The Neural Trade Off between Cooperation and Competition

Dr Andrea Pisauro (Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow)

Our social interactions require adapting to an ever changing social context switching between cooperative and competitive decisions. This is reflected in the brain by a neural trade-off between cooperative and competitive states of mind. Using fMRI, we recorded brain activity of human participants playing a novel economic game where they had to forage for food in a virtual space together with another player. Players could cooperate or compete with the other player allowing us to compare directly what happens in the brain when it switched from a competitive to a cooperative scenario.


My Insula Don't Care for Money

Dr Emanuele De Luca (Lecturer in Psychology, University of Glasgow)

Is it safe to trust a stranger based only on his appearance? Our everyday life involves frequent situations where we must make choices based on incomplete information. One of the greatest challenges in science is to understand how our brains manage to make these choices in the social landscape. Dr Emanuele De Luca, lecturer in psychology at the University of Glasgow, combines a range of disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience and economics, to investigate the neural mechanisms involved in predicting and responding to social and non-social forms of uncertainty.