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Brain Maze: Amaze Your Brain

Psychology concourse transformed into a fascinating Brain Maze.

Published on Thu, Jun 30th 2016, 17:50

Psychology concourse transformed into a fascinating Brain Maze

The Psychology concourse was transformed into a fascinating Brain Maze, in order to share how scientists investigate the ageing of the human brain and body.

Participants of the Brain Maze

The free event led members of the public through a maze of corridors and rooms, with each of the 11 rooms exploring a different aspect of the ageing brain and body.

The event was jointly hosted by the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE), who are based in Psychology, and their colleagues from the Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) at Little France, as part of the Medical Research Council's Festival of Medical Research.

Participants in the Brian Maze had a maximum of ten minutes in each room to take part in a range of activities that demonstrate how CCACE and CRM use the latest techniques in brain imaging, genetics, stem cells and psychology to investigate the brain and body from youth to old age.

Popular activities amongst participants included a supermarket sweep game, where participants could 'shop' for the lifestyle factors (like smoking) which affect how our brain ages, and a delirium 'soundscape' to highlight this often overlooked condition.

The journey ended with tea, coffee and scones in the Maze café, where participants had the chance to speak with scientists and reflect on their experience of the Maze.

Having already spent two hours in the Maze chatting to researchers and completing the activities, feedback from many participants was that they would have liked even more time in each room - a great endorsement of the Brain Maze's power to amaze the brain!

Integral to the success of the event was the army of scientists from the CCACE, CRM and other organisations, who took the time out from their research to develop activities and help deliver and run the Brain Maze. A huge thank you to everyone involved.

Further information

Snapshot video of the event - (video produced by the Medical Research Council)

Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE)

Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM)