ESP Biography



LAUREN MACLACHLAN, Neuroscientist who gets paid to watch people sleep




Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Learning Unlimited

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hey team! My name's Lauren, and I'm one of the Board Members with Learning Unlimited, the organization that helps run Splash programs all across the country! You may have caught me teaching classes about neuroscience, biology, and more at Northeastern Splash or online with Cloud Rainstorm and Firestorm.

When I'm not Splashing, you can find me working as a professional Girl Scout or getting paid to watch people sleep!



Past Classes

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X13890: Want to Play in a Game Show? in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
My absolute guilty pleasure is watching game shows of all kind. But lately, I've become sick of just *watching* them. I've devised my own game show for you all to play. There'll be teams, there'll be challenges, and there may even be prizes. Whatever your thing is - solving puzzles, thinking outside the box, competitive drive, come on down and put your skills to the test! Featuring challenges from Only Connect, Chain Reaction, and more!


L13891: Psychiatric and Neurological Disorder in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
"Multiple personalities," hearing color, surviving a rod being blasted through your brain, and more - welcome to an exploration of neuroscience and abnormal psychology through the things that go wrong. Please be sure to bring any questions you may have relating to psychiatric and neurological disorder - this will be a larger lecture but I'll try to answer questions via email after!


L13892: This is Your Brain on Drugs in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
AKA: Neuropsychopharmacology We're going to learn the basics of neuropsychopharmacology and cover a variety of topics relating to both illicit and prescription drugs, such as: Their effects on behavior, their action in the brain, and even the societal implications of drug use. Come prepared to learn about a topic you may have only been taught in DARE from a neuroscientist's perspective!


S13363: Your Body Is a Clock: Chronobiology in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Circadian rhythms - everyone has one, right? Turns out that some people have rhythms that make them nocturnal (hi), while some people have rhythms that better suit them for life on Mars. This class is for anyone who HATES waking up early, anyone who's ever felt like they got run over by a bus after an international flight, or anyone who is interested in why exactly the number "24" isn't just a construct but is woven into our DNA. We'll definitely be getting into some neuroscience and genetics here, but we're also gonna talk about what it's like to live in a cave and whether that sleeping cure your Grandma tells you "works every time" is real or not.


X13364: Want to Play in a Game Show? in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
My absolute guilty pleasure is watching game shows of all kind. Chain Reaction got rebooted? I'm on it. I've probably seen every episode of Cutthroat Kitchen twice. And don't even get me started when the Big Brother live feeds turn on. But I'm sick of just watching game shows - - which is why I've created my own for you all to play. There'll be teams, there'll be challenges, and there may even be prizes. Whatever your thing is - solving puzzles, thinking outside the box, competitive drive, cooperation (or manipulation... what?)... Game on.