Science without jargon – The 2017 “No-Bell Prize”

Just how difficult is it for brain and mind researchers to speak without jargon when describing their research? The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute’s annual end-of-year event and cocktail party The “No-Bell Prize” pits researchers against each other to take three minutes to explain their research in an entertaining and jargon-free way to a panel of expert science communicators and audience.  Any overly-technical term earns a warning bell from the panel, and then requires further explanation.

With fierce competition from researchers discussing topics such as stem cells, aging and dementia, and consciousness itself, Peter Bossaerts took home the “No-Bell Prize” for the most entertaining presentation. Peter spoke about how we can study game theory and the brain, using the example of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”.