‘One of the things that makes Queen Anne’s unique is our innovative approach to understanding the teenage brain. BrainCanDo is a Queen Anne’s led initiative, translating the latest psychology and educational neuroscience research in to teaching practice.’ Read our full listing in Tatler’s 2020 Independent school’s guide here. Tatler Schools Guide 2020
What Do We Remember, When We Remember Music?
On Monday 4 March 2019, from 7 – 8pm, as part of our BrainCanDo symposium series, we are delighted to be joined by Professor Adam Ockelford and Daniel Mullensiefen who will be giving a talk on “What Do We Remember, When We Remember Music?”.
Dr Daniel Mullensiefen is a music psychologist and member of the Music, Mind and Brain research group at Goldsmiths, whose research interests include musicality and individual differences in musical abilities, the psychometrics of music, memory for music and melodies, involuntary musical imagery (i.e. ‘earworms’), the perception of musical similarity, statistical models of cognition, music in advertising, corpus-based musicology, cognitive biases in musical judgement and cognitive issues related to music copyright.
Timing and Synchronisation in Music Performance
On Thursday 7 February 2019, 7.00pm – 8.00pm we are delighted to be joined by Dr Kelly Jakubowski, who is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow undertaking a project entitled ‘Prevalence, features, and retrieval of music-evoked autobiographical memories’. Kelly’s research employs multiple methodologies for collecting a large and diverse dataset of lifetime memories triggered by listening to music, with the aims of gaining a more systematic understanding of the conditions under which these memories occur and expanding theoretical accounts of the interactions between music, memory, and emotions.
Dr Kelly Jakubowski studied Music Performance (violin) and Music Theory for her undergraduate (Baldwin Wallace University, USA) and Masters degrees (Ohio State University, USA). She then pursued an MSc and PhD in music psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her PhD research (funded by the Leverhulme Trust) focused on developing new behavioural and computational methods for studying musical imagery and involuntary memory for music (including the phenomenon of having an “earworm”, or tune stuck in one’s head). She has also published research on absolute pitch, memory for musical pitch and tempo, and musical synchronisation and entrainment. In 2015, she was awarded the Hickman Early Career Researcher Award for her PhD research on temporal aspects of involuntary musical imagery, which included a plenary session talk at the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) conference in Manchester, UK.
Previous academic posts include Postdoctoral Research Associate in Music at Durham (AHRC-funded ‘Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance’ project), Teaching Fellow in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Visiting Lecturer in Music at King’s College London.
The Psychology of Effective Revision – Monday 19 November 2018
On Monday 19 November 2018, from 18:30 – 20:30, as part of our BrainCanDo symposium series, Queen Anne’s School presented a BrainCanDo Symposium titled The Psychology of Effective Revision.
Knowing how to help your child revise can often be a frustrating task during the exam period. This evening was designed to help support parents’ understanding of the science behind revision strategies and gain practical advice on preparing for both GCSE and A Level examinations.
Mr Richard Ebbage, Assistant Head Teacher of Shiplake College, explored the research into effective revision and how students can make the most out of the energy they put in.
Mr James Paterson, former UK Memory Champion and head of Psychology at LVS Ascot, explained the techniques he uses in memory competitions and how these can be applied to revision.
Mr Ben Stephenson, Director of Sixth Form here at Queen Anne’s and Sport Psychology lecturer at the University of Reading, discussed the techniques used by athletes to prepare for major competitions and the parallels between this and examinations.
Sleep and the Teenage Brain – Thursday 21 June 2018
We are delighted to announce this symposium will be led by Dr. Nicola Barclay, PhD, who is Departmental Lecturer in Sleep Medicine at the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, University of Oxford and Dr Fran Knight, currently teaching and researching at University College London’s Institute of Education (UCL IoE).
Dr. Nicola Barclay, PhD, is Departmental Lecturer in Sleep Medicine at the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, University of Oxford. Nicola is involved in the development and delivery of the Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine. Prior to this appointment, Nicola was Associate Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Having completed her PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011, Nicola specialises in the genetic and neurobiological basis of sleep and circadian rhythms, with particular interests in insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, and physiological and behavioural effects of sleep deprivation. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and contributed to a number of handbooks on sleep since 2009.
Currently teaching and researching at University College London’s Institute of Education (UCL IoE), Dr Fran Knight is focused on assessing healthy and unhealthy sleep profiles in children and adolescents, with a focus on the contributors to, and consequences of such profiles. Fran is also interested in sleep disturbances in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and their negative effect on attention and behaviour function. Fran uses a range of behavioural, physiological and most recently virtual reality software to investigate sleep and sleep disturbances in a range of developmental populations. A key motivation for my interest in the field of sleep is its central, but often overlooked, significance to modern-day lifestyles, as well as its potential as a means of effective intervention in typically developing and ADHD populations alike.
Autism: Window on the Musical Mind – Wednesday 28 February 2018
We are delighted to announce this symposium will be led by Professor Adam Ockelford and Derek Paravicini.
This lecture-recital, in the form of an extended TED talk, will examine the impact of autism on musical development, and consider what exceptionality can tell us about the everyday musical experiences that we all share. It offers a rare opportunity to for audience members to interact with Derek Paravicini, the world-renowned musical savant.
Born prematurely at just 25 weeks, Derek Paravicini has suffered from blindess, learning impairment and severe autism for his entire life. Despite his impairment, Derek has the unique gift of perfect pitch, and is able to play any piece of music after hearing it only once.
In 2010, Derek was featured on Stan Lee’s “Superhumans”, whereupon tests verified his musical ability and confirmed his savantism. He began playing the piano at two, and subsequently attended the Linden Lodge School for the Blind in London. He met a piano instructor, Adam Ockelford, on his first visit to the school; recognising his genius, Adam began to teach him. Derek gave his first concert in South London aged seven.
Professor Adam Ockelford has a background as a composer, performer, teacher and researcher. Adam is a Professor of Music at the University of Roehampton, the Chair of Soundabout, a charity supporting music provision for young people and founder of the AMBER Trust, supporting visually impaired children in their pursuit of music.
Wobbles, Warbles and Fish – the neural basis of Dyslexia
Queen Anne’s School hosted the first BrainCanDo Dyslexia Symposium led by John Stein, emeritus Professor of Neuroscience, Dept. Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.
In theory ‘retired’ he still teaches neuroscience to medical and psychology students and his research still focuses on the role of vision and nutrition in the control of movement and behaviour in neurological patients, dyslexics and young offenders.
John doesn’t cook fish; his brother TV fish chef, Rick Stein, doesn’t do neuroscience!