The Emotional Brain: The 14th Oxford Brain Day

Course summary

The Emotional Brain: The 14th Oxford Brain Day


The fourteenth in the popular series of annual Oxford Brain Days is devoted to the emotional brain. From sadness and depression to laughter and joy, from loathing to love; the emotions of ourselves and those around us play a vital part in all our lives. Not surprisingly, the study of emotion is an integral and important part of modern neuroscience, benefitting greatly from the application of modern measurement techniques. What is the physical basis of emotion? How do our emotions affect us, and what are the mechanisms that underlie emotional resilience? These are just some of the questions to be answered in what is expected to be a moving and a deeply affecting day.

As usual, the event is aimed at the general public and is open to all. No specialist knowledge is required; just a brain and the desire to know how it works.

Programme details

9.15am          Registration

9.30am          Reward and the emotional brain
                       Assoc. Prof. Ciara McCabe (University of Reading)

10.45am        Coffee/tea

11.15am         Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: The roots of Pessimism and 
                       Prof Elaine Fox (University of Oxford)

12.30pm        Lunch

2.00pm          Pleasure and the emotional brain                                    
                       Prof Morten Kringelbach (University of Oxford)

3.15pm          Tea/coffee

3.45pm          Laughter, language and the emotional brain
                       Prof Sophie Scott (University College London)

5.00pm          Dispersal


Accommodation is often available in Rewley House for those who wish to stay on the night before a course. Please contact our Residential Centre on 01865 270362 for details of availability and prices.


Tuition fee: £66.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

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Professor Robert JA Lambourne

Director of Studies

is Professor of Educational Physics at the Open University and director of studies in Physical Sciences at OUDCE.

Dr Christopher-James Harvey

Director of Studies


Associate Director, The Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine

Professor Elaine Fox


is Professor of Cognitive & Affective Psychology, University of Oxford. Her work focuses on the nature of human emotions and why there is such a wide variety of response to the same environmental situation.

Prof Morten Kringelbach


Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.

Prof Ciara McCabe


Associate Professor in Neuroscience at the Psychology department, University of Reading.

Professor Sophie Scott


is Wellcome Trust senior fellow at University College London (UCL), researching the neuroscience of voices, speech, and laughter. She is also Deputy Director of UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.