Brain@work ARCHERS

logoBA (2)Welcome to the BRAINetwork Archery Club

The BRAINetwork Archery Club [ Brain@work ARCHERS is organised by the BRAINetwork Centre for Neurocognitive Science, School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. As a research group, we are interested in understanding the human mind in relation to neurocognitive abilities such as thinking, learning, memory and mental strength. This club is for volunteers who are willing to have their neurocognitive abilities profiled while they learn the basics of archery.

Brain@work ARCHERS would like to recruit novice archers who are interested in three things:

1. Having lots of FUN and Games
2. Improving their mental strength
3. Contributing to research regarding the human mind.

This is what we WILL NOT DO

Don’t Worry…. We are not about to make you a human guinea pig. We will not be carrying out any invasive procedures [ IE: not going to take your blood or remove bits of your anatomy ].

This is what WE WILL DO

  1. We will provide you with basic training on archery by qualified instructors using Word Archery Guidelines.
  2. We will get you ready for a tournament once you complete our World Archery Beginner’s Programme [ evaluation is every two months / 7 sessions ]
  3. We will evaluate your neurocognitive abilities and provide you with an ongoing neurocognitive profile [ every two months / 7 sessions ]. This will help you understand your own mental strengths and how to improve further your own

All we request from you is your written consent for us to use your data. This will be completely confidential. If you have any queries please contact Prof Dr Zalina Ismail [] who is the main coordinator for this research project.

We welcome archers of all skill levels, from experienced competitors to those who have never touched a bow! So please join us and have fun while contributing to our knowledge and understanding of the human mind.

INTERESTED? Then read more at our blog

Thank you

Prof Dr Zalina Ismail
BRAINetwork Centre for Neurocognitive Science,
School of Health Sciences,
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan.

Phase 1: Summer School in KB

Our Summer School

DSC_9248We welcomed Toyohashi University of Technology for the official opening ceremony of our inaugural USM-TUT Summer School programme with a cultural night last Monday, 7th September 2014. The celebration kicked off the start of a summer school collaboration, which aims to get “Technology Working in Harmony with the Community” in the indigenous villages of the Belum-Temengor Rainforest.

The Japanese students and professors arrived at the airport on the 7th of September and wereDSC_9191 met by their Malaysian counterparts, before the new acquaintances then went for dinner together at the Holiday Villa Hotel. The next morning Prof Zalina, welcomed our guests with an introduction to the Summer School programme and a brief overview of BRAINetwork. Gerard Dunleavy then gave a presentation on the Community Sustainability Assessment, which the researchers would be using in the coming days to collect data in 10 indigenous villages in the Belum-Temenggor Rainforest. The guests enjoyed some…

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In the Rainforest of My Mind

Our Summer School

 Conversations with Pak Uda, Air Banun, September 2014

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In the rainforest of my mind
The air is fresh,
A thousand hornbills fly
In transcendental harmony

There is rhythm to my life,
There is a melody
I can no longer hear the song.

In my reality,
Everyone wants a piece of me
My land,
My trees,
My everything.

dsc_4222In a world of complexity,
I seek to build a legacy
Of hope and empathy

One day you will hear my song
The rhythm and the melody
When the rainforest of my mind
Becomes a reality.

One day…….

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Technology and tradition coexist in the rainforest

Another post from our guest blogger, Gerard Dunleavy….

DSC_8665The First Mile Project took its next steps towards developing a Rainforest Cybercafe this week. DSC_8912 colour enhancedFollowing on from the Computer Skills workshop in the indigenous village of RPS Air Banun with trainers from the Computer Unit of the School of Health Sciences, USM, two weeks ago. The trio of Nareeman Shah, Mohd Hariri and Haffiz Faezal returned to the rainforest to begin the next phase of the project.
Piece by piece, from the motherboard to the DSC_8669RAM, the computer team custom built 8 PC’s from individual pieces to form fully functioning PC’s. The PC’s are currently stationed inside Air Banun’s tadika, which BRAINetwork together with the Orang Asal established last January. The PC’s will remain here until an appropriate space for the PC’s is set up in the near future. The day after the PC’s were set up, we returned to Air Banun to find some eager members of tDSC_9035he Orang Asal community using their new computers.

A trip to the Belum Temenggor Forest Reserve is never complete without enjoying a few games with the Orang Asal children. We played a few different ball games until we were soaked to the skin after the evening downpour.

DSC_8743Elin, joined our latest visit to the Belum Temenggor Forest Reserve, participating in games with the children and even giving an impromptu yoga lesson to some young enthusiastic Orang Asal yogi.yoga2

On our recent visit to the rainforest, we also travelled by boat to the remote village of Chuweh, which is located along Lake Banding. We went to meet Womba, the head of the village of Chuweh, to discuss a proposed community garden that BRAINetwork will assist Chuweh in developing. Sadly Womba was visiting another village so we didn’t get to meet him on this occasion but we discussed the garden with other members of their community and wrote a letter for Womba informing him of our visit and future plans to return.

DSC_8958(1)The village currently grows ubi but struggles to grow any other crops. Unlike most villages, Chuweh doesn’t have an elelphant or wild boar problem but it does have difficulty growing due to interference from porcupines. We hope we can work with Chuweh on our next visit to develop an effective deterrent to assist the villagers in their attempts to grow vegetables for their community.

While we were in Chuweh we got to see the two beautiful examples of the indigenous craftsmanship. The first example was the picturesque traditional building that we’ll get to sleep in on our next visit to Chuweh on the 10th and11th of September.DSC_8960DSC_8946

The second example was the selection of small bags and purses that we found on sale in Chuweh. The decorative pieces are made from Mengkuang leaves and were handwoven by the elders of Chuweh. The Orang Asal told us that intricately designed pieces are crafted at nighttime as the daytime heat would make it impossible to craft such items.


BRAINetwork would like to thank Elin for volunteering her time in the rainforest. We would also like to thank the team from the Health Informatics Unit of the School of Health Sciences for their kind help and dedication to the project. Thank you very much En Nareeman Shah Che Muhamad, En Mohd Hariri Hashim and En Mohd Haffiz Faezal Ramli for sharing your time and effort with the Orang Asal.