The psychology of alien abduction and contact claims

Thousands of people around the world claim to have directly experienced contact with extraterrestrials and in many cases to have been abducted by aliens and taken on board spaceships and subjected to medical examination. How are we to explain such claims? With a few notable exceptions, those making such claims do not appear to be […]

Thinking: A user’s guide

There is vastly more going on in our heads than we realise. In this lightning tour of human reasoning, world-renowned psychologist Richard Nisbett, author of ‘Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking’, shines a new light on the shadowy world of the way we think – and how we can make our lives, and the lives of those […]

Amy Cuddy: Presence

Harvard professor Amy Cuddy has studied how we can be our strongest selves in challenging situations. Her Ted talk on power-posing had over 27 million views, making it the second most-watched Ted talk. Here she will explain the science underlying it and teach us how to become self-assured in high-pressure moments. Amy will also present her celebrated […]

How Adlerian Psychology Offers Effective Treatment for Common Mental Health Issues

Mental Health (MH) issues have a vast range of impacts for those affected, their relationships and the economy. Economically, MH costs the UK £100 billion a year and clearly this is unsustainable. The professional views in MH are conflicting and confusing in terms of causality, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment and many professionals are calling for […]

Mindwandering

Join broadcaster Claudia Hammond for a panel discussion as she explores the wandering mind with author and psychologist Charles Fernyhough, medieval historian Hilary Powell and cognitive neuroscientist Jonny Smallwood.

Uncovering Freud

Join Stefan Marianski in this participatory discussion to examine objects from the Freud Museum collection. Explore how Freud viewed and used these items during his consultations and try out Freud’s method to interpret your own dreams.

Handy Insight into Distorted Body Image

Does my bum look big in this? Well, it depends on your perspective, says Julie Gould The way in which others see you is, more often than not, entirely different from the way you see yourself. Self-perception is largely dependent on your state of mind and how you compare yourself with others. Tabloids and magazines […]

Are You a Social Network Junkie?

Things are all atwitter in the social networking sphere after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took the risky decision to float a proportion of shares for the site last week. Although this may not have been as successful as planned, social networking sites are constantly accessible, incredibly popular and seem to be unavoidable. Following revelations earlier […]

Remote Control Brains

Mind control is an unsettling prospect. Its psychology is far less obfuscated than its biology, which is fantastic for advertising companies and frustrating for scientists. Brains contribute about 2% of our body weight and require 20% of its energy requirement. We recognise early that brains are the seat of our humanity, autonomy and ‘self’ and […]

Grunt, Set and Match

Today we will see Maria Sharapova finally step back onto centre court for the Wimbledon Ladies Final. Undeniably a pleasure to watch, the annoyingly loud ‘grunts’ that Sharapova is now famous for are much less pleasing on the ears. Reaching levels of up to 100db, Sharapova’s exhalations can be distracting for both viewer and her […]

Bad gossip catches the eye

Gossip doesn’t just affect how you’re judged, a study shows, it controls whether people see you at all. According to evolutionists, a good prattle is vital in forging relationships.  It’s the human equivalent of chimps picking flees from each other. It’s also key to our huge social groups.  We quickly evaluate people we’ve never met, learning […]

Behind the condition: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating condition affecting millions everyday. It is estimated that, in the UK, 2% of people aged between 18 and 56 suffer from some form of obsessive compulsive behaviour. Despite this widespread occurrence, however, there is much we do not know about the condition. Historically, OCD has been dismissed as having […]