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Scientists in the Bookshop: Is there such a thing as a healthy brain?

17 August 2019
12.00pm – 1.00pm AEST
UNSW Bookshop
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Graphic of a large brain standing in the landscape

Are you curious to hear about the real world application of research conducted by some of Sydney’s top scientists?

During National Science Week, visit UNSW's Kensington campus for two entertaining and enlightening short sessions with a selection of our researchers, in the relaxed surrounds of the newly refurbished UNSW Bookshop. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Session 1 (12 to 1pm)

Is there such a thing as a healthy brain?

Why are we so fascinated with brain health? Hear three scientists from UNSW’s School of Psychology talk about their research spanning brain health from toddler to late-life.


  • Scientia Professor Kaarin Anstey is Director of the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute and a Conjoint Senior Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia. Her research interests include dementia risk assessment and risk reduction, late-life development and ageing, older drivers, and mental health in older adults.
  • Dr Susanne Schweizer is a mental health researcher in the School of Psychology and a Sir Henry Wellcome fellow. She studies the development and maintenance of common mental health problems across the lifespan, with a particular focus on adolescence.
  • Dr Jenny Richmond from the School of Psychology works in the rapidly growing field of developmental cognitive neuroscience. Her research uses eye-tracking and physiological measures to investigate how brain development drives the development of learning, memory and emotion understanding during infancy and early childhood.

Hosted by Professor Simon Killcross, Head of the School of Psychology, UNSW Science.

Session 2 (1.15 to 2.15pm)

Tales from the field. Register here

Location: UNSW Bookshop, E15 College Road, Kensington, Sydney, NSW 2052


This event is part of the 2019 program of events UNSW Sydney is presenting for the Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week.

The 2019 program of events includes talks, tours and events that will reveal the science that blows your mind – from an unexpected method to measure dark matter to the feminist history of the internet. See the full program here