UCL NeuroArt Exhibition

“What’s the one thing has Neuroscience taught you?”

“Well, I think it taught me that all our emotions, everything that we see and feel are all processes that happen in the brain, and how easily these can influenced and changed under so many different conditions. Effectively the world around us is really something that we create in our brains. Our reality is really an interaction between the brain and the external environment. That tells you how a lot of things are really much more subtle and subjective than you can see.”

“How has it changed your life or the way you see and interact with things and people?”

“I guess I became less judgmental. Whenever I see people do actions, I try to think in term of the motivations behind them and the fact that actually things are much more complex than it seems in the surface. For people who don’t have depression or experience with mental health, it can be difficult to try to bring yourself in the mindset of someone else. Because it’s not externalized, it’s not physical, a lot of people don’t understand that it is a real thing. So I think that even if we see the same thing from a different perspectives, it’s still important to understand how it feels from the other side from the people who are experiencing it, and the fact that it is a real thing, real problem and not that people are making it up. The fact that it is not visible does not mean that it ain’t there.”

– A talk with Alessandro Galloni, Vice President of UCL Neuroscience Society (April, 2015)

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