Ginny Smith – Brain-tertainer

Our ‘braintertainer’ Ginny Smith studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Psychology and Neuroscience; now she spreads her love of science as a science communicator. She has developed a range of science shows about the brain which she performs at festivals including Cheltenham and Cambridge Science Festivals, and to school groups around the country. Ginny regularly appears on BBC 5 live’s The Naked Scientists as a presenter or neuroscience expert, and is a presenter for the weekly science show Elemental Ideas on Cambridge TV. She also writes science articles for a general audience and is working on a second book for DK publishing- her first book, How the Body Works, was published earlier this year.

Ginny finds brains fascinating, and loves to share her enthusiasm with others. Neuroscience and psychology are rapidly developing fields, with new discoveries being made every day, which makes them the perfect topic to excite young people’s curiosity. Her shows are packed with interactive demos and illusions to get the whole audience thinking differently about how their brains work.

Shows Available:

Hack Your Brain

Do you know how your brain communicates with the rest of your body? Get to know the inner workings of your brain in this fast-paced journey around your nervous system. Explore how nerve cells send messages through the brain and body as we create a giant ‘neuron’ live on stage. Watch an audience member hack these signals to control someone else’s movements, and maybe even discover better ways to learn.

Most suited to KS3 & 4- also perfect for families & festival audiences!

Can You Believe your Brain?

We like to think we can trust what we see, feel and hear, but our senses are only part of how we explore the world around us. Our brains are constantly making assumptions about the things we perceive, in order to help us navigate our surroundings. But sometimes, this can lead to our brains playing tricks on us. This interactive, demo-led show exposes some of these tricks, using illusions and experiments that the whole audience can get involved in.

Suited to KS2 and up – also perfect for adults, families & festival audiences.

Your Irrational Brain; the Gameshow

How we really make decisions

Do you think you make rational decisions? Think again… In this show your ideas about how you make decisions will be turned upside down- and you may even become a better decision-maker because of it! This show is highly interactive and requires the audience to have access to an internet enabled device so they can play along.

Aimed at ages 16+, 6th Form students and adults – great for corporate events.

“Fantastic event. Superbly well thought out ways of integrating the audience. Lovely and knowledgeable presenter.”

 “Really interesting, brilliant event.”

“I really enjoyed this talk, learning how easily the human brain can be deceived, but also how well it works when it does know what’s going on…”

“Presenter was very good, really engaging and able to really connect with my daughter. Terrific.”

Fascinating, and very useful for children who have not come across these scenarios in real life as yet. Produced lots of useful discussion on the way home.”





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