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What is WaterCooler Neuroscience? Well, this won’t be a shock but how scientists talk to the media is not how we talk to each other. Around the WaterCooler or more likely at the coffee station in academic and corporate labs scientists talk about their work but not in soundbites. We talk about what is working, what isn’t, why this experiment, why not this new paper we just read. That is where the real discussion can be found, but you are thinking you don’t get to be in a brain imaging lab hearing these cutting-edge conversations and even if you could you wouldn’t understand what a bunch of PhDs chat about. Well, I am here to help, on this show I talk with guests both as a scientist and podcaster, having those fascinating discussions around the virtual WaterCooler but then translating it with my seven years of science communication experience so everyone can understand. Come join our international audience of scientists, business people, students, and folks that just want to know about the brain.
So how do we get at the brain? That is where WCNeuro throws it’s hat in the ring. Through experimental psychology and neuroscience, our knowledge of the brain grows every day, but that knowledge is at conferences and in scientific journals but when it is distilled to the mass media a certain flavour of the work is lost. What if there was a podcast where we train you to understand scientists as scientists speak?
Meltem Yucel is a sixth-year Developmental Psychology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia working with Dr. Amrisha Vaish. She is also a fellow of the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE Academy), Student Affiliate at the Center for the Science of Moral Understanding, and Research Affiliate Intern at the Cornell University’s Early Childhood Cognition Lab.
Dr. Alan Jern teaches psychology, including new courses in social and computational psychology. He is a cognitive scientist and uses computational models and behavioural experiments to study how people think and reason. Dr. Jern’s research interests include how people think about other people, how people learn and use concepts, and how people revise their beliefs after seeing new evidence.
My scientific endeavor has been dedicated to understanding the molecular and epigenetic mechanisms governing the functions of the brain. My experience has led me to focusing my scientific career to unravel the role of epigenetic mechanisms in non-coding regions, 3D-genome architecture and the molecular biology required in the process of learning and memory and its dysfunction in neuropsychiatric diseases. My work is carried by using transgenic animal models, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and cell cultures, combining cutting-edge technologies in the fields of genomics, imaging, molecular biology, and genome engineering, with advanced computational analysis.