BNA Christmas Symposium 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.


Confirmed speakers include:

Cordelia Fine (Melbourne, Australia - by Skype!) - "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"

David Nutt (Imperial College London) - "Antidepressants: myth or miracle?"

Duncan Astle (Cambridge University) - "Neuromyths in education"

Chris McManus (UCL) - "Left and right, hands and brains, myths and truths"

Twitter's @Neuro_Skeptic  -"A Neuro-Christmas Carol: Myths Past, Present and Future"

Emma Yhnell (Cardiff) - "Brain-training: what does the future hold?"

Helene Joffe (UCL) -  "How do the media and public conceptualise neuroscience?"

The day starts with registration and coffee at 9.30 and ends with a wine reception at 17.40 - 19.00.

Full programme will be available shortly. 



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

  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.

Please register here. 

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