The Time Traveling Brain

2018-03-16 10.43.11My show with director Mark Kennedy-McClellan, at Caveat New York, was a hit – it was featured in the New York Times and got a lovely writeup on the Dana Foundation Blog!

This is the second performance of this show, which is part of a series called Talks Progress Administration, in which a scientist is paired with a theatre director to create an engaging public talk. Mine is on episodic memory and this is the second version – the first one included music and storytelling and this one was a “whodunnit” style mystery about stolen memories. Who knows what the next one will look like?!

Brain Awareness Week

It’s nearly my favourite week: Brain Awareness Week!

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I’m involved in some really fun, exciting events this year. For a full calendar of New York events, check out the Come Be BraiNY website. And if you want to see me, I will be performing around the city all through March:

Tuesday, March 6: The Story Collider: Brain Awareness. With stories from Sandi Marx, Matthew Dicks, Nisse Greenberg, Kelley Remole and Anita Burgos. Co-hosted by me and Erin Barker.

Tuesday, March 13: My science talk/theater project, The Time Traveling Brain, with director Mark Kennedy-McClellan is back at Caveat as part of their Talks Progress Administration series. Come and hear me take a journey through our memories and investigate how they allow us to travel in time.

Friday, March 16: I’ll be appearing in Monotony! a comedy show where people make boring stuff sound interesting.

The Story Collider

I’m thrilled to be taking on a new role as New York Producer for The Story Collider! As well as being really excited about science, I’m also passionate about storytelling, so I’m really happy to be more involved with their efforts.

We’re always looking for storytellers, so if you have an idea, pitch it to us here. And don’t forget to check out our podcast for past stories.

You can hear my own two stories here:



RA job available

Mark Baxter and I are searching for an RA to work on this really exciting project involving chemogenetic manipulation of the basal forebrain and working memory.

Research Associate Position

A full-time position is available for a Research Associate I in the laboratories of Paula Croxson and Mark Baxter.

The laboratories work on the cognitive neuroscience of memory and higher cognitive function. The applicant will be required to perform and assist with research using behavioral testing, MRI scanning, surgery, histology and epigenetic techniques. S/he will manage the day-to-day running of the lab. S/he will also be involved in coding new behavioral tasks, carrying out literature searches, analyzing data and creating manuscript sections, figures and presentations.

Interested candidates should have an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, Biological Science or a related discipline. Must also have excellent verbal and written English.

Research experience is preferable and experience with behavioral testing of laboratory animals is desirable. Candidates with programming experience (particularly Matlab) or experience with MRI analysis packages (FSL, SPM , Freesurfer, AFNI) are also encouraged.

To apply send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of three referees to Applicants are also encouraged to send any enquiries about the role to the same address. To find out more about the laboratory and see recent publications, visit: and

Formal link to apply here:

Causal effect of disconnection lesions on interhemispheric functional connectivity in rhesus monkeys

Our new paper just came out in PNAS: O’Reilly Croxson et al. Causal effect of disconnection lesions on interhemispheric functional connectivity in rhesus monkeys.

Screen Shot 2013-08-07 at 16.15.39Sectioning the corpus callosum in monkeys leads to breakdown in functional connectivity between the hemispheres. However, when the anterior commissure is left intact, a surprising amount of functional connectivity between the hemispheres remains. The relationship between cortico-cortical structural connections and functional connectivity is not as simple as we once thought.