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    We’re delighted to announce that Ceci Qing Cai passed her operator exam at BUCNI Birkbeck – UCL Centre for NeuroImaging. Congratulations Ceci!

    A huge THANK YOU to Davide Bono – Ceci’s operator trainer! He is such a considerate and helpful person to work with, and Ceci went through an informative, thoughtful and joyful operator training with him!

    Ceci is now a qualified MRI scanner operator – ‘the Queen of Avanto’ (Davide, 2021)! She will continue the data collection for her last PhD project on Avanto 1.5T scanner with Ozzie, Claire, YG and Lucie.

    (Ceci & Davide by Yuxi Xiong – a talented participant in this project!)

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    Ceci published her first paper Modulation of humor ratings of bad jokes by other people’s laughter in Current Biology in July 2019.

    By adding laughter in front of bad ‘Dad’ jokes, the jokes were perceived to be funnier. And the kind of laughter had a further effect on the funniness of the jokes. Spontaneous ‘real’ laughs made jokes even funnier than adding posed ‘fake’ laughter. Also, we found the same modulation of funniness by laughter in autistic adults.

    This paper received a high amount of media attention.

    And it was the most read paper on the Current Biology website

    Read more about this paper and about Ceci in a report from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS).