Public engagement

Building Bridges – News and Views

News and Views
Science Museum London
News and Views (click to enlarge)
One of the challenges when working in a neuroscientific field with young children is getting data from scanning volunteers and patients, for example, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan children’s brains. The issue is that the environment during the scan, i.e. the confined space and loud noise, can be intimidating for patients. As part of the “Building Bridges – News and Views” project at the Science Museum, London, I was able to introduce MRI to about 30 students, aged 11-12, at two occasions in Spring 2015. During my short talk, I presented arguments for and against scanning young children. I then asked the pupils to discuss whether they think we should submit patients to these procedures if it might be uncomfortable and we are not certain that it will help the doctors in their diagnoses. The students split up into small groups for this discussion and worked on presenting their views in a newspaper style poster. During the time they had to prepare their posters, I engaged in discussions with the children and their teachers about the topic I presented and general research Here are two of the posters which the pupils made.

News and Views - Poster 1
Poster 1 (click to enlarge)
News and Views - Poster 2
Poster 2 (click to enlarge)