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Jess Scaife recently hosted three year 13 students through the In2Science scheme. The students, interested in pursuing careers in STEM, and Psychiatry chose Jess as a mentor.

They had two virtual meetings and visited the lab on 3rd September, spending the day discussing the work of PERL, and how Experimental Medicine fits into the process of drug discovery and furthers our understanding of brain function. They explored the tasks we use in the lab, and how these are being used in our current studies to investigate emotional and cognitive function. They also had the opportunity to visit the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA) and try some wearable EEG which shows people how to meditate. They finished the day by looking at how emotional states can be altered and modulated using the acoustic startle reflex and made some recordings.

This was a fantastic opportunity for these students to see research in action and Jess was very impressed by their enthusiasm and engagement in our work. Jess was honoured that they later nominated her for mentor of the week!