• Question: Why did you pick neuroscience?

    Asked by band499bed on 21 Feb 2024. This question was also asked by whew499bed.
    • Photo: Emma Weir

      Emma Weir answered on 21 Feb 2024:

      I fell into neuroscience by accident!
      At university I was interested in the biology of ageing, age-related diseases like dementia and Parkinson’s, and geriatric care. My first research project was looking at a new drug for Parkinson’s.
      While I was studying I realised I really enjoyed all things about the brain, not just when it’s old.

      Now I work at the other end of the spectrum looking at how the brain develops 🧠

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      David McGonigle answered on 21 Feb 2024:

      It was a combination of things: I’ve answered this elsewhere, but I didn’t go to Uni to study neuroscience. However, the unusual combination in my first year of doing Psychology as well as Physics and Maths made me begin to move away from the ‘natural sciences’ – physics – towards the biological ones.

      Only problem – I didn’t do any A/Higher/Whatever! exams in biology. But with a lot of work, the uni allowed me to go straight into second year, and it’s been neuroscience for me ever since. My major specialisation was to leave traditional lab work behind, and focus on the new, exciting – and at times frustrating! – science of neuroimaging.

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      Sinthu Thakur answered on 12 Apr 2024:

      Initially I wanted to become a psychologist but as I was studying my BSc. Human Biology and Psychology, the two subjects revolved around neuroscience which sparked my interest. I love learning and understanding about the brain, the anatomy, function and its a complexity.