Sophie Scott

Sophie Scott

I am a cognitive neuroscientist at UCL, and I study brains, voices, speaking and laughing. In my spare time I try to turn theory into practice with science based stand up comedy. @sophiescott


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Rated or Dated: Strictly Ballroom

West Yorkshire Playhouse’s festive show is Strictly Ballroom The Musical, which is excuse enough for Sophie Scott to revisit Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 romcom with pizzazz.
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High strides

Two years ago, Sophie Scott started Advent running and has run pretty much every day since. Why? Because she is totally loving feeling like a tiger.
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The thought of marriage… made me a feminist

Standard Issue writers are exploring when they knew they were feminist. For Sophie Scott it was the ‘traditions’ of a marriage.
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The right darn decision

News that high street giant John Lewis has changed its plan to downgrade its haberdashery department is a huge relief to Sophie Scott.
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Why I ❤️ ABBA

The Swedish pop legends are reuniting next year for a mysterious “technology-based” project. Excited? Sophie Scott is.
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Why you should give a shit about… Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Rock 'n' roll is the preserve of white men, right? Er no, says Sophie Scott.
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Actual LOL

On Sunday night, BBC's Horizon is taking a serious scientific look at laughter. Here, one of its participants, Prof Sophie Scott, tells us why some things make us laugh and others don't.
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Do student loans equal uni-fair-sity?

A graduate’s open letter to his MP about how his student loan debt had grown by just shy of £2,000 in the year since he left university went viral. It’s wrong, says Sophie Scott, but it raises some important questions about accessibility for all.
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Prince: Dearly Beloved

Another shocking early death for another legend yesterday. Sophie Scott salutes the man whose talent was so huge, he didn't take credit for much of it: Prince.
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The root of the STEM problem

If you limit the diversity of people working in any field, you reduce its effectiveness – science included, says Prof Sophie Scott.