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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Dry January? Do it

Giving up the demon drink for January is a bona fide thing these days. Three of our writers reflect on their different decisions. Our resident cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott explains what happens to brains on and off booze.
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Beard envy

After Movember comes Decembeard, a face-fur growing challenge to raise cash for Beating Bowel Cancer. Sophie Scott would bloody love a beard and urges everyone who can to get involved. Here’s why.
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“I started Advent running and never stopped”

Sophie Scott might not look like a runner, but she’s more than happy to feel like one. And you could do too, she says, if you get Advent running.
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Why I ❤️ the National Railway Museum

Last week, the first national museum outside of London celebrated its 40th anniversary. Sophie Scott tells us why she’s a huge fan.
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Binging: Enlightened

So, you’ve finished The Wire, Breaking Bad and The Killing but you’re still hungry for more boxsets. Fear not, Standard Issue writers are on the case with some hidden gems you might not yet have seen. This week, Sophie Scott on why she really wants you to like Enlightened.
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I lost my dad and found him in The Guardian

After Sophie Scott’s father died, she often found herself thinking she saw him. And then she actually did.
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The nature of older mothers

A lot of people have used the word unnatural to describe the birth last week of quads to a 65-year-old German woman. But, says Professor Sophie Scott, in actual fact, in the rest of nature it happens all the time.
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Funny business: what makes someone a comedian?

What makes us laugh? And what people are suited to comedy? On the eve of Comic Relief, cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott is here to explain all.