• Question: Do you like experiments?

    Asked by killamigit to Alex, Amy, Andy, Georgia, Ollie on 21 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Ollie Russell

      Ollie Russell answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      I think doing experiments is the best part of my job. You need to do some reading to learn about what experiments to do, but i think the best thing about being a scientist is when you have finished youre experiment and it went well, but you get a result that you werent expecting!

      If i didnt get to work in the lab then i dont think I would be a scientist!

    • Photo: Georgia Campbell

      Georgia Campbell answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      I really like experiments – they’re the fun bit of my job! Even though its frustrating when they don’t work, its worth it for the times when you get interesting results – even if they aren’t what you were expecting to find! Actually, its often MORE interesting when it isn’t what you were expecting to see. 🙂 I think I’d be pretty bored if I just sat at a desk and analysed data all day without doing any of the experiments myself!

    • Photo: Amy Reeve

      Amy Reeve answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      Hello again 🙂

      Doing experiments is what makes this job so cool. It is such an amazing feeling to get to the end of an experiment and to find out something new. It is good to be in the lab, using brain cells and looking for changes in them. 😀 As soon as you put on your lab coat you know that it’s time to go to work and to do something exciting!

      Although they do occasionally go wrong which is really infuriating!!

      I can’t imagine not being in the lab! Do you like them?

    • Photo: Andy MacLeod

      Andy MacLeod answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      Hello killamigit. Unlike the rest of the guys here, I don’t do any experiments in the lab myself. Other people do the extract DNA from our volunteers, and yet more colleagues do the intelligence tests. I put the data together and see how these two relate – whether there is a genetic effect on intelligence.

      I know some people don’t like this side of science (Hi Georgia!), but I think it’s interesting. Plus, I’m better at it than I ever was during my limited time in the lab. 🙂
      Science is a team effort. We all have our individual specialities, and can all work together to tackle our problems from different perspectives. We need people to design and carry out the experiments, as well as people like me to analyse and interpret the results.