BNA Christmas Symposium 2018

BNA Event - 17th Dec 2018


Neuromyths, and the science behind them

17th December 2018
KCL, the Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS

In collaboration with King's College London

This topic will give us the opportunity to discuss common misconceptions about brain mechanisms, (e.g. that we only use 10% of the brain); the science of why and how neuromyths arise (e.g. cognitive biases) and ways the neuroscience community can help address or prevent mis-understandings in neuroscience.

Neuromyths emerge in many forms, and research suggests that people are often seduced by neuroscientific explanations, even if these are not accurate or even relevant. 

Scientists and neuroscientists are by no means immune to neuromyths either; studies have shown that trained neuroscientists as well as the general public still find them hard to dismiss.

Such myths can be a drain on time and money, and it is important to explore and expose them, determine their impact, and to consider how we can address them.


Time Title Speaker
09:30 Coffee/registration
10:20 Welcome Anne Cooke, BNA CE

Eight things to know about sex, gender, brains and behaviour: A guide for academics, journalists, gender diversity advocates, social justice warriors, tweeters, Facebookers, and everyone else not otherwise specified

Cordelia Fine, University of Melbourne (by Skype)

Brain training: what does the future hold? 

Emma Yhnell, Cardiff University
11:30 Neuromyths in education Duncan Astle, Cambridge University

50 years of combating neuromyths 

Anne Cooke, BNA CE
12:15 LUNCH
13:10 Student Prizes: Undergraduate and Postgraduate Anne Cooke, BNA CE
Annette Dolphin, BNA President-Elect
13:20 Why all of us (including neuroscientists) fall for neuromyths Christian Jarrett, editor of the British Psychological Society's Research Digest and author of Great Myths of the Brain 
13:50 Left and right, hands and brains, myths and truths Chris McManus, UCL
14:20 A Neuro-Christmas Carol: Myths Past, Present and Future Neuroskeptic, British neuroscientist and pseudonymous science blogger
15:00 TEA
15:30 BNA Awards: Outstanding Contribution to Neuroscience, Public Engagement of Neuroscience Anne Cooke, BNA CE
Annette Dolphin, BNA President-Elect

How do the media and public conceptualise neuroscience?

Helene Joffe, UCL

Antidepressants: myth or miracle?

David Nutt, Imperial

Over to you! Panel discussion with all speakers, to give delegates the chance to ask all your neuromyth questions! 

Chaired by Stafford Lightman, BNA President

17:30 Closing words Anne Cooke, BNA CE
17:40 - 19:00 Wine reception for all delegates



The meeting will be held at the Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, KCL Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS. See map 

Getting here by underground: Temple (District and Circle lines): 2 minute walk. Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines): 10 minute walk.  Embankment (District, Circle and Bakerloo lines): 10 minute walk.  Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City lines): 12 minute walk. Holborn (Central and Picadilly lines): 12 minute walk. Chancery Lane (Central line): use exit 4 - 15 minute walk.

By train: Charing Cross: 9 minute walk. Waterloo: 12 minute walk. Waterloo East: 10 minute walk. Blackfriars: 12 minute walk.

By bus: Buses stopping outside the university: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, X68, 168, 171, 172, 176 (24 hour), 188, 243 (24 hour), 341 (24 hour), 521, RV1.

Parking: There is no public parking, but a pay and display parking system operates in nearby streets including Surrey Street.



We invite your organisation to be part of this special event. Please download the documents below for full information, and if you would like to discuss sponsorship with the BNA then please email us ( 

sponsorship prospectus 

Sponsorship booking form


Confirmed supporters

Silver sponsor: Vector Laboratories

Vector Laboratories has helped neuroscientists visualize and study neuronal cells and tissues for over 40 years with reagents developed and manufactured in house. ‘Gold standard’ products include VECTASTAIN ABC kits and VECTASHIELD anti-fade mounting media. Technical support offered, and most products delivered next working day in the UK.

Bronze sponsor: Thorlabs

Thorlabs has grown its capabilities into the life science and biomedical markets. We design, develop, and manufacture full imaging systems including multiphoton microscopes, tunable Ti:Sapphire lasers, scientific cameras, and OCT devices. Thorlabs is focused on providing a fast response to customer inquiries and fast turnaround on custom needs.

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Meeting Fees - SOLD OUT

  Member Non-member
Undergraduate/ 'A' level student £13.50* £13.50
Postgraduate £16.00 £32.00
Early Career Scientist/ Clinician £26.50 £53.00
Associate member/ public £26.50 £80.00
Full/ Full industry £47.50 £80.00
Retired £13.50 £26.50
Honorary £13.50

*BNA undergraduate members - Please note that the BNA undergrad registration fee (£13.50) is refundable based on successful attendance at the event.  We have introduced this policy to try and avoid no-shows.  The no-show rate in previous has been 20% meaning that there were empty seats which could have easily been filled by people who were on a waiting list and had wanted to come.

The BNA Xmas Symposium 2018  is now SOLD OUT

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