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 schools, festivals and events around the country and overseas. Ginny has presented for BBC 5 Live’s The Naked Scientists, Cambridge TV, and the Cosmic Shambles Network. She is a regular writer for DK publishing’s science books, and a tutor for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education.
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.
|Hack Your Brain||Get to know the inner workings of your brain in this fast-paced journey around your nervous system.||KS3 & 4 – also perfect for families & festival audiences.|
|Can You Believe your Brain?||Live demos, illusions and experiments explore how the brain unscrambles information coming in through your senses, and how this sometimes goes wrong.||KS2 and up – also perfect for adults, families & festival audiences.|
|Your Irrational Brain; the Gameshow – How we really make decisions||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!||Ages 16+, 6th Form students and adults – great for corporate events.|
|That’s Non-Sense! The Surprising Science of your Senses||Buckle up for a whirlwind tour through the wonderful world of your senses, and the tricks they can play on us.||Aimed at ages 7-11
|Mastering Memory workshop||Designed for groups of up to 30, this workshop uses quizzes and games based on current research to explore how your memory works, and how to improve it.||Versions available for adults, families (8+) & school students and teachers.|
“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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