Sophie Scott

The National Comedy Center and Chautauqua Institution present

Sophie Scott

Wed, August 2, 2017

10:45 am

Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater

Sophie Scott joins the Comedy and the Human Condition lecture series produced in partnership with the National Comedy Center and Chautauqua Institution. 

The five-day lecture series will include:

  • Exploring the politics of comedy and political satire — comedy often serves as our greatest mirror, a unique conduit of truth.
  • Venturing into the writers’ room for insight into the craft of comedy for television and film.
  • Traveling the globe to see if there is such a thing as “universally funny”
  • Discussing when has a joke gone too far? We consider issues of free speech and ask, “Is there such a thing as too offensive?”

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott is a Wellcome Trust senior fellow at University College London and deputy director of UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, where she researches voices, speech and laughter.

Scott is also head of the Speech Communication Group at the institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, where she investigates the neural basis of vocal communication – how our brains process the information in speech and voices and how our brains control the production of our voice. She is also interested in the expression of emotion in the voice and, in particular, research in recent years has focused on the neuroscience of laughter.

Known for her public engagement work, Scott refers to herself as a “standup scientist,” and has appeared on the BBC Radio Four program “The Life Scientific.” She has given a Friday Evening Discourse at the Royal Institution on the science of laughter. That work has also toured fairs and exhibitions as part of the Laughter_lab project.

Scott is a member of the British Psychological Society, the Society for Neuroscience, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the Experimental Psychology Society. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012, and has been awarded a UCL Provost’s Award for Public Engagement.

Scott received her PhD in cognitive science at UCL.
Venue Information:
Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater
One Ames Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
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