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

Cognitive Neuroscientist

Research: Impulse control


Latest news:

I was very lucky to be interviewed by Sai Srihaas Potu in Arizona, USA - founder of the 'Latest Med News' podcasts - who featured my conversation about cognitions, emotion regulation and the COVID-19 era on his first podcast of 2020.  Do check out his website, and listen to my conversation with Sri here:


Spoke to Paul "Salty" Salt on BBC Radio Merseyside Drive Time on Thursday 30th April 2020, about some positive impacts the COVID lockdown has on the brain










Sunday morning 26th April 2020: I was interviewed by Washington Radio (WTOP) 's John Domen about some cognitive neuroscience and mental health issues associated with social isolation during the COVID lcockdown.  Click on the link below to play:







I appeared on BBC1's 'The Truth About Takeaways' with Nikki Fox and team (Feb 2020).  We show how eating Takeaways consistently over two weeks may have a detrimental effect on your cognitive functioning (







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 - 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. 

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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Washington Radio (WTOP) Interview (3.55 mins)
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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 in the School of Psychology,  Faculty of Health, 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 32, 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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