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Dr. Samantha Brooks Ph.D., C.Psych (B.P.S.)

Cognitive Neuroscientist

Research: Impulse control


Latest news:

The NeuRL group at Wits University, Johannesburg has a new website showcasing their exciting new Neuroscience Research Laboratory.  Click the logo below for more details.  And here's a piece on my enjoyable trip to meet the group in October 2017:



October 2019 - I will be presenting at Games for Health Europe conference on 7-8th October, an opportunity to learn from experts in the field of applied health games - improving wellness and health across the world. 


November 2018 - a wonderful few meetings with the talented team at Nurture Harmony Addiction Rehabilitation Clinic Cape Town during a recent trip.  For more information and referrals to this beautiful clinic surrounded by mountains, where you are sure - like many others - to rehabilitate your addiction, click the logo below.  You can also apply to stay for up to 8 weeks in Cape Town if you live in the UK.



Calling all new students!!!  If you are interested in coming to do a project with me, please set up an appointment so we can discuss your research ideas! (you can use the contact tab above!)

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I was previously asked to give a talk at the University of Cape Town's Summer School Series - an excellent opportunity for people not in the field to get interested in neuroscience.  In this audio-visual, I'm talking about theories of addiction (slides only presented)

Dr. Samantha Brooks is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society, her research specialises in the neural mechanisms of impulse control in various psychiatric conditions (e.g. addiction, eating disorders). Dr Brooks is currently a Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.  Previously, Dr Brooks worked as a lecturer for six years at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  Before working in South Africa, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Uppsala University, Sweden, where Dr Brooks continues to collaborate on projects examining the brain processes underlying eating disorders. She gained her Ph.D. at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, where she learned clinical neuroimaging techniques, such as structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging.   Dr Brooks has published book chapters and over 80 papers to date in high impact journals with a current H Index of 30, and continues to present at international conferences.  Her work on impulse control in eating disorders and addiction has so far attracted over 1 million Euros in international funding and collaborations with international experts in the field.


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