Dr Anne Keitel
Part of Women in STEM
Introduce yourself - who are you and what is your job?
My name is Anne Keitel, and I am a lecturer at the University of Dundee. That means I do research and I also teach students who study Psychology or Medicine.
What do you research, why?
I am a brain researcher! That means my research is about how our brain works. I try to find out what happens in our brain when we listen to music or to someone else talking. For example, I record people's brainwaves while they listen to stories, or while they tap their finger to music they hear. The rhythm in music and speech is really important for our brain to understand everything we hear.
How does your research help people?
Everyone's brain works a little bit different and that's great! For example, musicians' brains can understand music, talking, and rhythms much better than the brains of people who don't play music. But sometimes the way our brain works can also make it harder for us to understand other people, or to learn to read. My research is helping people to learn to listen and read more easily.
Tell us about your career journey so far
I was doing okay at school but not great. After school, I decided to study Psychology because that was easier to get in than Biology. Psychology teaches how our mind works and why we are the way we are. I thought it was interesting, but I didn't really love it. But then I discovered brain research and that changed everything! I loved it so much that I became a really good student. I then did a PhD, which is like a doctor for science. Now I am a lecturer, and I can do all kinds of different research and try out many new things.
What subjects/qualifications are useful in your role?
Biology, science and maths are the most useful subjects for my work. But writing is important too. Being a brain researcher means I can do lots of different things all the time, which keeps it interesting.
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