Come Tuesday 21st November and stuff yourself full of knowledge and beer to keep you going over the Christmas break!

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Do you want to join the flock of Tay Tay’s white, lithe besties or kick her off the stage Kanye style? Why is she such a clear exemplar of what’s going on in social media right now?

The Notebook made losing your memory romantic but we all know life isn’t that simple… or is it?

Jonathon Hutchinson and Amee Baird answer these questions and more when they shake up and wake up your synapses in the final Nerd Nite of the year!




Can music bring you back from dementia?

Amee Baird | MQU |  Clinical Neuropsychologist


Most of us know the experience of hearing a song and being transported back in time to a specific event, a time in our lives, or a special person. We now know that this powerful effect that music has on memory can be used to help people with dementia. I’ll share examples of how people with severe Alzheimer’s dementia can still play their musical instrument, learn new tunes and remember their high school sweetheart after hearing their special song. You might also experience a few music evoked memories of your own…

Dr Amee Baird completed a PhD and MPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Melbourne. She has worked as a clinical neuropsychologist for over a decade in both clinical and research positions overseas and in Australia, including the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London and Salpetriere Hospital in Paris. She is an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders at Macquarie University, and was recently awarded an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship (2016-2019) for the project ‘Can music mend minds? Investigating the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of music in persons with dementia’. She is also co-director of a private practice Newcastle NeuroHealth.


Creating unsocial media in a social media world

Jonathon Hutchinson  | USYD  |  Online and Social Media Communication


The contemporary social media environment invites us to take part and stay connected. It even encourages us to create media and share the stage with those once sacredly labelled ’the producer’. However, amongst all the positive enabling forces of social media, there is a dark anti-social movement emerging that encourages hate speech, vitriol and is threatening lives. As a reaction, people are questioning their presence on social media and even deleting their profiles. Or are they? This presentation looks at some of the current patterns emerging across social media as un-social media, and uses Taylor Swift as a case in point.


Dr Jonathon Hutchinson (Ph.D. 2013, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT) is a lecturer in Online and Social Media Communication at the University of Sydney. His research explores Public Service Media, everyday social media use, the role of social media influencers within co-creative environments, and how social media is used in cyber-terrorism. He is a trained ethnographer and has been published in many leading national and international journals.


WHEN: Tuesday 21st of November. Doors open at 6:30 for a 7pm start.

WHERE: Friend In Hand Pub 58 Cowper Street, Glebe.

TICKETS: General entry is $12, buy tickets online, limited (but available) tiks on the door.


Be There. Be Square.

Can’t wait! Miriam xx

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