What is it like to be a neuroscientist? | Royal Society of Biology

I'm Richard Wingate and I am a development neurobiologist that means I'm a scientist who studies the development of brain and I work in the Medical Research Council Center for developmental neurobiology so I'm over scientist and I'm also a lecturer I teach medical students and I teach neuroscience students on their BSC courses no probably not and I think I only decided that I was going to do this in about the last year of my university undergraduate course so I went to university I did biology and I found it fairly easy actually it was a straightforward course but maybe not very engaging but then in the last year I suddenly decided I really like this and I wanted to go on and to get a doctorate best thing about being a scientist is undoubtedly being able to have ideas in your head then take them into a laboratory and see whether the things that you've been thinking about and mulling over are actually true so you can get out there and find out things about the world which no one else has ever found out before and sometimes when you look down the microscope you see something that is truly amazing it's just a feeling you're not going to get from any other job or any other career the worst thing about being a scientist is probably not being able to do the things the tree you into science in the first place there's some very good things about science which a lot of scientists complain about so teaching science is something that a lot of scientists they want to do is actually extremely valuable extremely useful thing to do but a lot of the frustrations that are surrounding the culture of science to do with getting money publishing your work in particular journals and magazines but that's quite trying and testing it's quite stressful and really it's a different thing from actually discovery there are many things that we're trying to find out and limited that or research but one of the main things is trying to find out how long distance loops of information are set up on the brain and in particular how the loops that include structures which you don't often think are involved in conscious thinking like structure my work on cerebellum how these become involved in planning thinking things that you might think of as cognitive abilities so how your intellect is is shaped by unusual structures in the brain if you want to become a biologist or a scientist I think the most important thing is to work in a laboratory and see how labora Klee like suits you to see whether you enjoy the processes of looking at things and trying to understand the material around you and that's what makes scientists happy and I've noticed the scientists get unhappy when they start being separated from what we call the bench when scientists are no longer bench scientists that's when you find a bigger dispiritedly less enchanted with with the worldly work I have a geek to my children they can't believe what I'm interested in when I show them pictures of brain cells and brains and tell them about the brains of the spotted dog fish and the goldfish in their tank personally I'm not much of a geek me more of a geek film many of the people who anyone that who's interested in what they do I'm passionate about what they do you tend to find the scientists of very similar personalities to artists and to a whole range of creative people it's a creative industry and we have those strong affinity to other creative industries with just as geeky as they are when I'm not doing science or do I chip enjoy doing that's an interesting question don't have much time because they've got lots and lots of small children and but I guess I cycle my drawer I play football and I squash and hit when when I get the chance I think I like traveling around the world that's what I would like

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  • I really enjoyed your video, I have a few questions for you if you don't mind. Recently I got early medically retired from the navy as a avionics technician due to a rare disease out of my control. Is the field of nueroecience the field that researches nuero diseases and treatments etc? I was genetically diagnosed with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia Spastin mutation uncomplicated, and from my understanding there is no cure or treatment plans other than symptoms associated such as baclofen for spasticity etc, with that, I realize I can either be mad and upset about my situation, or I can do something positive about it. Is there any specific fields in nuerology thats responsible for the research and treatments into rare nuerological diseases etc? Thank you.

  • I'm pursuing B.Sc. (H) Neuroscience and i wanna go for Masters in science (neuroscience ) rather than med school but one thing that really scares me is that all the great neuroscientist have attended med school , so am i gonna miss a lot by not going for med school but instead going for ms and doctorate …

  • I just graduated from Harvard med school and am looking at neurosurgery and this helped immensely, Cheers!

  • I want to ask a question, I have a ba in linguistics , is it possible to do a masters degree in neurosciences? or i can't?

  • I have a question.It may sound silly.
    If one is unable to make it into the medical school,can one become a neuroscientist instead of becoming a doctor?

  • I am biologist originally with specialization in environmental biology.
    I am thinking in getting a Phd and a post phd in neuroscience of an erection. I wanted to cure erect al dysfunctional a side effects of antidepressants. Can you direct me please. I am in Poland.

  • I liked this video!I have graduated this past summer in neuroscience at the University of Dundee; I know I want to pursue this career but after 2 years that I have been working actively in labs, I find it really hard to motivate myself waiting on  replies from supervisors to get a PhD position. It has been now more than 6 months "off-bench" and I could not miss it more. If any out there has any valuable tip or suggestion to keep my hopes high, please share .

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