Bradley Jack at SCU's Coffs Harbour campus.
Bradley Jack at SCU's Coffs Harbour campus.

Head start for brain student

HE'S set to study the brain - globally.

Southern Cross University psychology PhD student Bradley Jack has been awarded a prestigious German Academic Exchange Service scholarship to travel to Germany.

Bradley will spend the next four months at the University of Leipzig's Institute of Psychology.

He will be learning about the human brain from some of the world's top scientists.

"My goal is to understand how it is that the brain converts incoming light from the environment into perceptual experience," Bradley said.

"Of particular interest to me is how the brain responds when one eye is shown one image and the other eye is shown another image."

He will be conducting research in the laboratory of Professor Erich Schröger, who is internationally renowned for his contributions to understanding the workings of the human brain.

"Experiencing academic life in the hothouse environment of Professor Schröger's laboratory, at the university that is the birthplace of psychology, and in the beautiful city of Leipzig, with its devotion to history, to culture, and to ideas, will be eye-opening for someone who grew up and was educated in a small Australian town," Southern Cross University School of Health and Human Sciences supervisor Professor Robert O'Shea said.

"This is a giant leap for my career," Bradley said.

"I cannot wait to get over there and get started."



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