Some Secondaries had a session last week with visiting neuroscientist, Dr Jared Cooney Horvath, learning about neuroplasticity, epigenetics and practical ways to optimise learning. The fast-paced, visual-driven presentation and Dr Jared’s engaging style had students leaning forward in their seats as they learned about different parts of the brain and their functions.

Stories about the woman with no brain, the pudding-like texture of the brain, and the patient who itched through her skull made for great dinner table stories that night. However, the central theme of the presentations was to convey to students that the brain is changeable and, therefore, the individual’s potential is not fixed. The presentation was so impacting that middle school students lined up to get Dr Jared’s autograph at the end – a first, according to him!