Open Lab Notebook

This page is my primary documentation of my thought processes related to my PhD work, currently clustered under the working title ‘A comparative neuroscience study of the general principles of intelligent behaviour’

In my research, I want to know how brains understand the world, and how we are robust and flexible enough to deal with unexpected situations. My goals are:

  • to build a culture of collaboration, trust, and rigorous play in neuroscience;

  • to engage young people in questioning the status quo, both in and out of science;

  • to develop a theoretical framework for testing hypotheses about the general principles of intelligence (as opposed to intelligence as specifically implemented by humans); and

  • to establish a descriptive vocabulary for functions and aspects of the mind, in order to connect the activity of nervous cells to our life experiences.


“Does modern neuroscience really help us understand behavior?” Co-written with Gonçalo Lopes. Published by

“How theater, startup culture, and business history helped us become better neuroscientists” Co-written with Gonçalo Lopes. Published by


“What can we learn about brains by studying the movements of bodies?” Presented at the opening plenary session of the 2o Congresso Nacional de Psicomotricidade in Vila Real, Portugal.

“The Cuttle Shuttle: Behavior and Learning in Predatory Sepia officinalis (Cephalopoda).” Presented at the 2017 CephsInAction & CIAC meeting “Cephalopod Science from Biology to Welfare”, Heraklion, Crete.

“The Power to explore, test, and realize your scientific fantasies.” Presented at the 2017 Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown Student Retreat in Mafra, Portugal.

Danbee speaks at the CCU 2017 Student Retreat
Image credit to Gonçalo Guiomar


An introduction to the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour.


Below is documentation of my thesis work, in various stages of polish. More thoughts can be found in the “BrainPlay” section of this website.

My scientific principles PhD Thesis Proposal, Oct 30 2013 Cuttlefish Hunting Behavior Movement Control Across Timescales Surprising Minds at Sea Life Brighton
Click on an image to learn more about that project.

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