The traumatised brain

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 12 June

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Picture of veteran holding their head in their hands
    Credit: Marines via Flickr


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Neuroscientist Morten Kringelbach will discuss radical new brain imaging technology, and army doctor Alexander Wieck Fjaeldstad will describe how smells trigger memories to reveal what is going on inside the brains of people affected by psychological trauma, head injury and PTSD 

Please note that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Hugh McManners is unable to appear at this event.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

About the speakers

Morten Kringelbach's research goal is to reverse-engineer the human brain and in particular to elucidate the heuristics that allow us to survive and thrive. His focus is on elucidating hedonia (pleasure) and eudaimonia (the life well-lived), and how they are affected in health and disease; in particular, seeking to elucidate their breakdown in anhedonia (the lack of pleasure) in neuropsychiatric disorders.

Alexander Wieck Fjaeldstad is an MD-PhD who served as a Captain in the Danish army. After deployment in Iraq, he became aware of how certain smells can be potent triggers of memories from the battlefield. This link provides a unique window for examining how the brain processes these memories in veterans with and without PTSD. His research focuses on understanding olfaction in the brain and how this can be used clinically.


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