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Dr Michael Kohl is interviewed for Oxford University's Research in Conversation series in which Oxford's medical researchers explain their work into understanding more about our relationship with sleep, learning, healthy eating and addiction.

Michael Kohl talks about his key research interest in information encoding in the brain. In Oxford more than anywhere else, the question of how we learn and process knowledge – and how can we make it better – seems pertinent:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/research/research-in-conversation/healthy-body-healthy-mind/michael-kohl

Research in conversation is a series of interviews with researchers across Oxford University. Each interviewee raises a question arising from their research, which the next interview follows up on, approaching from a different discipline. Together, these linked interviews form 'chains' that collectively, and from many different perspectives, ask big questions like what it is to be human, how to live a healthy life and our changing relationship with information.

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