Neuroscience is nearly everywhere, and in places where it isn’t, it should be.
NeuRA is committed to communicating its research findings and the implications of these findings to a broad audience. We all have a brain and a nervous system collecting sensory input, controlling our breathing, beating our heart, coordinating our muscles, telling our face when to smile. Understanding how our bodies work, and sometimes fail to work, is essential to everything we do in life. How do I throw the ball further? Why does Anne see a different ‘blue’ to me? Why can’t my grandfather remember what he had for breakfast?
Being committed to the communication of neuroscience means having researchers passionate about communicating their expertise and sharing their knowledge with people that need it. NeuRA staff believe in this and make themselves available to interest groups regularly.
You can see a record of our communication activities via NeuRA’s Multimedia page. This is where we collate the things we said and who we said them to; it’s another way to ensure the people who need information can find it easily.
NeuRA researchers recently appeared in a variety of national magazines, a couple of which are obvious places to read about neuroscience, and a couple of which are not.
For example. Women’s Health and Fitness is normally about diet, exercise and flattening your abs, but they recently investigated how women can better ‘train the brain’, a topic which a neuroscientist is uniquely qualified to explain.
Health and fitness junkies sometimes hurt or injure themselves – resulting in pain. The latest issue of Men’s Health Australia has a feature on pain and its management. Again, pain is the domain of the brain and nervous system, and an area where we can contribute to public conversation, so we jumped at the opportunity provided by this magazine.
Ben Bravery is a science communicator and writer at NeuRA.