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Sarah-Jayne Blakemore



Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is a former TED speaker and studies the social brain (the network of brain regions involved in understanding other people) and how it develops in adolescents. While many still see adolescence as a source for jokes, Blakemore has found it to be a rich seam of research.

Sarah-Jayne is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. She is also leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.


Sarah-Jayne studied developmental psychology at the University of Oxford before completing her PhD at the Functional Imaging Lab, investigating the self-monitoring of action in healthy individuals and people with schizophrenia. She then took up a Wellcome Trust International Research Fellowship to work in Lyon, France to investigate perception of causality in the human brain, followed by a Research Fellowship at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.


Sarah-Jayne studies the social brain – the network of brain regions involved in understanding other people – and how it develops in adolescents. She has an interest in the links between neuroscience and education and has co-authored a book titled The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education. She is also actively involved in Public Engagement with Science: frequently gives public lectures and talks at schools, has worked with the Select Committee for Education, and acted as scientific consultant for the BBC.


Sarah-Jayne’s 2014 talk is based on her recent work with the Islington Community Theatre and demonstrates how adults tend to stereotype young people from challenging boroughs.

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Cognitive Neuroscientist

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