What do you do?
"I want to know why the world is what it is, and that is, and I'm starting with the brain"
Sarah Sheldon currently studies neuroimaging techniques to study how the brain takes in sensory information from the surroundings and converts that information into conscious experience. She believes that in order to figure out how our world works, we need to figure out how the brain works.
What inspired you to do what you do now?
“I’ve learned that our understanding of the world is limited to how well our brain can interpret that information, so that's what got me interested in the brain.”
Sarah has always been interested in science and was always reading science-related books such as Michael Crichton. She has always been curious about everything and has studied many sciences, including biology, chemistry and physics. In theoretical physics, she realized that the perception of the world is not the same as the physical reality of the world. Her favourite example to demonstrate this concept is light. Light explained scientifically may not be perceived by someone who cannot visualize it and only can see the colour blue. She explains that “there is a disconnect between the physical reality and how we perceive it.”