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Brain training on Trial – fringe show!

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Spent your hard-earned cash on games that promise to protect your brain? Still forgetting why you went into that room? Then come and put brain training on trial. Be our prosecution, defence and jury as we examine the claims that brain training games protect your brain. Hear the evidence for and against their effectiveness and cross-examine our expert witness. As you question the evidence, what will your verdict be: brain training, guilty or not guilty? With Dr Alan Gow, Lecturer in Psychology at Heriot-Watt University.

At this year’s Fringe, YAS member Alan Gow will be one of a number of academics from Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, Napier, and QMU performing as part of Edinburgh Beltane’s Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. Alan’s contribution is a show called “Brain Training on Trial” on August 18th at 3.40pm.

Here’s a short trailer to let you know what it’s about

Follow updates on the show’s development via Twitter @AlanJohnGow and buy tickets here:

Please share the trailer or pass on to students, colleagues, etc.



Also see below for another series of interesting events at the fringe this year:

We’re delighted to invite you to our unique media series where Professor Chris Carter, Chair in Strategy & Organisation at the University of Edinburgh Business School, will interview some of the most prominent and influential leaders in media. 

These are free events, however access is strictly limited to ticket holders.

Find out more

Lessons from the financial crisis with Iain Martin, journalist at the Sunday Telegraph

Thursday 14 August – 7pm

Book tickets for Iain Martin

The role of financial journalism in accountability, with Ray Perman, author and financial journalist

Monday 18 August – 7pm

Book tickets for Ray Perman

Changes in the media with Peter Jay, former British Ambassador to Washington

Wednesday 20 August – 4pm

Book tickets for Peter Jay

Rebuilding the trust of the public with Gavin Esler, Chancellor of the University of Kent

Sunday 17 August – 7pm

Book tickets for Gavin Esler

Press Regulation in the post-Leveson era with Chris Mullin, former Labour Minister and campaigning journalist

Tuesday 19 August – 7pm

Book tickets for Chris Mullin

The role of political journalism for a democratic society, with Polly Toynbee, Columnist at the Guardian

Saturday 23 August – 7pm

Book tickets for Polly Toynbee







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