In this episode, we talk to Dr. Aaron Newman, a cognitive neuroscientist.

Dr. Newman developed an early curiosity for computers in the ’80s. While at university, he found a way to combine his interest in technology with his studies in psychology and carved a path for himself in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

Today Dr. Newman is a professor and department chair at Dalhousie University. He uses technologies like functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in his research to understand how different language experiences shape the brain. He’s also the director of Nova Scotia’s SURGE Innovation Sandbox, a place for STEM students to explore technology, design thinking, collaboration, problem-solving and more.

Dr. Newman talks to us about how he got started, his experience studying how the brain processes sign language, how he emphasizes innovative thinking when he’s training students, and more.