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The Psychology of the Brain

The brain is a complex organ that contains billions of nerve cells that scientists are actively studying to help gain a better understanding of behaviour, brain functions and mental processes.

There is still much to learn about how the brain works and what to do if things go wrong, but University of Tasmania (UTAS) academics and researchers are playing a role in helping to answer some of those questions.

Come along to the University of Tasmania’s Cradle Coast Campus for a relaxed CaféLab and hear from researchers who are involved in research and study about psychology and brain function that is advancing our understanding of how the brain works.

The Café Lab will be facilitated by neuroscientist and UTAS Head of School of Psychological Sciences Professor Lisa Foa.

Professor Foa will talk about the work the School is doing to expand Psychology training across the state.

She will lead the expert panel which includes PhD student Holly Emery and senior lecturer Christine Padgett.

Holly is studying at the University of Tasmania working as part of the MS Flagship of Research within the Menzies Institute and the School of Psychological Sciences.

She will talk about her research and her journey that started with the Cradle Coast.

Dr Padgett has interests in clinical neuropsychology, behavioural genetics, and learning and teaching as part of her role as senior lecturer at the School of Psychological Sciences.

One of her main areas of interest is traumatic brain injury and the impact this has on a person with the injury and those close to them.

Dr Padgett is also interested in how people interpret genetic information in real world decision making, such as forensic and health settings.

Locals are encouraged to come along to the CaféLab and quiz the expert panel in an informal environment about their research and what it is like to study psychology in Tasmania.

The CaféLab is on Tuesday, 28 June, at the University of Tasmania Cradle Coast Campus in the Domestic Arts Building. The session will run from 5.30-7pm.

Registration for the free session is through Eventbrite at

Published on: 27 Jun 2022 11:59am