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Events

Psychological and Behavioural Science Events

The Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science hosts a range of events, from large public lectures to smaller internal seminars, across a broad spectrum of topics. Unless otherwise stated, our events are free and open to all.

We are busy organising our next events. In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter @PsychologyLSE where we will keep you up to date.

Recent events

 

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LSE Religion Scholars Network 2019 day conference
*Internal event for LSE staff and students 

Tuesday 11 June, 10am - 4pm, LSE PhD Academy

PBS PhD student Nihan Albayrak-Aydemir spokeat the LSE's first ever Religion Scholars Network day conference on 'How do Religious Identities Promote or Hinder Support for Refugees?

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PBS Research Seminar Series
*Internal event for LSE staff and students 

Wednesday 5 June 2019, 12 - 1pm, QUE 3.28/9

Rupert Brown (Sussex University) will present a portion from his forthcoming biography of Henri Tajfel, one of the two most important European social psychologists of the 20th Century. 

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London PUS seminar with Edd Bankes
*Public event, no booking required 

Wednesday 5 June 2019, 4.15pm, QUE 3.28/9

Edd Bankes from UCL’s Department of Science and Technology Studies will talk on the topic of 'A scientist walks into a bar: science comedy and the professionalisation of the science communicator'

This seminar is presented by Public Understanding of Science (PUS)

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PBS Research Seminar Series
*Internal event for LSE staff and students 

Monday 3 June

Heuristics behaviour identified from mass transaction data

Neil Stuart (Warwick Business School) discussed research on behaviours in debt, spending and investment from research in these three papers (onetwo and three).

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PBS Research Seminar Series
*Internal event for LSE staff and students 

Wednesday 22 May

Liam Delaney (University College Dublin) presented his research on the relationship between childhood and adolescent well-being and mental health, and later economic outcomes, particularly employment.

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Social Butterflies: reclaiming the positive power of social networks
*Public event

Thursday 9 May 2019

Speakers: Michael Sanders & Susannah Hume

Chair: Dr Grace Lordan

Michael Sanders and Susannah Hume presented research from their new publication "Social Butterflies", an examination of our social selves.

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London PUS seminar with Prof Carolina Moreno-Castro
*Public event

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Speaker: Prof Carolina Moreno-Castro, University of Valencia

How do citizens build their thoughts related to scientific issues in contemporary life? This work is part of the CONCISE project.

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Speaker: Lasana Harris, University College London

Social Cognition as a Gating Mechanism to Cognitive and Affective Processes

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London PUS Seminar
*Public event

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Speaker: Jürgen Hampel, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Autonomous Driving, Smart Homes and Nursing Robots – Digital Technologies in the Eyes of the German Public

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Speaker: Janina.Steinmetz, City, University of London

Not All Bad Apples Spoil the Bunch: Group Members Labeled “First” Appear Diagnostic of the Group

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Joint PBS and Management Event
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Monday 11 March 2019

Speaker:  Mark Brandt, Tilburg University

Belief System Networks

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Wednesday 6 March 2019 

Speaker:  Dr. Ganga Shreedhar, London School of Economics

How to Nudge a Veg Diet? The Effects of Framing as Personal or Planetary Benefits

Rita-Astuti

PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Speaker: Rita Astuti, LSE Anthropology

The Knobe effect in Madagascar

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London PUS Seminar
*Public event 

Wednesday 27 February 27th 2019

Speaker: Thibault Le Texier

The Stanford Prison Experiment: Anatomy of a Successful Fraud

Conducted by Philip ZImbardo in 1971, the Stanford Prison Experiment had immediately grasped large public attention. Since then, the SPE has become part of American pop culture: it has been featured in dozens of TV reports, it has inspired three feature-length fiction films, and it was given a new lease of life when Zimbardo became expert witness for one of the guards involved in the Abou Ghraib abuses. Yet, a thorough investigation in the newly released archives of the experiment proves that the SPE is a fraud; this investigation also shows Zimbardo's unremitting efforts to publicize his fixed findings.

 

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Seminar 
*Public event

Thursday 14 February 2019

Speaker: Randolph M. Nesse, Arizona State University

Why Minds Go Awry: Evolutionary Explanations for Mental Illness 

“Buy two copies and give one to your doctor.” — Richard Dawkins on Randolph Nesse’s Why We Get Sick

We live in one of the wealthiest, most peaceful and most technologically advanced societies in the world. And yet in the last week alone, one in six of us experienced anxiety, depression or another common emotional health problem. What can science tell us about the root causes of this troubling development? And what can we do to help – as sufferers, carers, and a society?

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Wednesday 13 February 2019, 12 - 1pm 

Speaker: Hartmut Rosa, University of Jena

From Aggressive Modernity to Responsive Society?
Towards the Conception of a Self in Resonance

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Book Signing and Reception 
*Public event

Monday 11 February 2019 

Speaker Paul Dolan

Reflections on Happy Ever After  

Professor Paul Dolan is continuing the conversation of the book launch of Happy Ever After, and is holding a more intimate discussion and book signing session, with refreshments provided.

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Speaker; Jeroen Nieboer, London School of Economics / Financial Conduct Authority

Time to Act? A Field Experiment on Overdraft Alerts

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Speaker: Constantine Sedkides, University of Southampton

To Be Truthful or to Be Wonderful? The Rocky Road to Self-Knowledge

What do people want to know about themselves? What kind of information do they solicit from others? What sort of feedback do they remember? This seminar will describe a programme of research that examines whether the self-assessment versus self-enhancement/self-protection motive constitutes the most potent guide en route to self-knowledge. The self-assessment motive refers to the pursuit of accurate feedback (be it positive or negative), whereas the self-enhancement/self-protection motive refers to the pursuit of positive feedback and avoidance of negative feedback. The research programme cover such domains, such as culture, religion, mind-body practices, feedback preferences in incarcerated and community populations, and self-judgments under conditions of introspection, accountability, or relational closeness.

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London PUS Seminar 
*Public event 

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Speaker: Louise Archer,  UCL Institute of Education

Science Capital: A Social Justice Approach to Understanding and Improving Science Participation

Increasing and diversifying participation in science is an issue of international concern. In this talk, I discuss research conducted across two large national projects: the ASPIRES ten year study of young people's science and career aspirations, age 10-18 and the Enterprising Science project, exploring science engagement among under-served young people age 11-16. The concept of science capital is introduced and explained, outlining its explanatory potential for understanding differential STEM participation and how it might also help improve participation, through implementation of the science capital teaching approach.

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Book Launch
*Public event

Thursday 24 January 2019

Speakers: Paul Dolan, Tali Sharot

Happy Ever After 

Professor Paul Dolan is launching his new book, Happy Ever After, exploring the narratives society installs in us, using good evidence to debunk bad stories.

Video available here

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Speaker: Stuart Ritchie, Kings College London

How Much Does Education Improve Intelligence?

Intelligence test scores and educational duration are positively correlated. This correlation could be interpreted in two ways: Students with greater propensity for intelligence go on to complete more education, or a longer education increases intelligence. We meta-analyzed three categories of quasiexperimental studies of educational effects on intelligence: those estimating education-intelligence associations after controlling for earlier intelligence, those using compulsory schooling policy changes as instrumental variables, and those using regression-discontinuity designs on school-entry age cutoffs. Across 142 effect sizes from 42 data sets involving over 600,000 participants, we found consistent evidence for beneficial effects of education on cognitive abilities of approximately 1 to 5 IQ points for an additional year of education. Moderator analyses indicated that the effects persisted across the life span and were present on all broad categories of cognitive ability studied. Education appears to be the most consistent, robust, and durable method yet to be identified for raising intelligence.  

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Speaker: Wandi Bruine de Bruin, Leeds University Business School

Age Differences in Decision-Making Competence: Emerging Research and Policy Implications

Population age is steadily increasing in countries around the world. Decisions about personal finances, retirement, and health are becoming increasingly complex, perhaps especially in older age.  My programme of research on decision-making competence across the life span combines insights from behavioural decision making and life-span developmental psychology to examine how and why aspects of decision-making competence change with adult age. (It is not all bad news for the ageing decision maker!) I will discuss the implications of my findings for research on decision making, as well as for the development of interventions and policy to support decision-making competence in people of all ages.  

 

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Speaker: Dr. Rachel Spicer, The London School of Economics

From Biology to Religious History - A Data Scientist’s Journey 

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Speaker: Olga Kostopoulou, Imperial College London

Debiasing in Action: Decision Support for Medical Diagnosis

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London PUS Seminar 
Public event 

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Speaker: Hauke Riesch, Brunel University

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Speaker: Adrian Bangerter, Université de Neuchâtel

Shared intentionality, joint commitments and joint action in humans and great apes.

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The Behavioural Science Hub
Public event 

Friday 23 November 2018

Speaker: Jonathan Haidt

The Coddling of the American Mind

Listen to the LSE Podcast of this lecture

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Speaker: Dr. Jet Sanders, London School of Economics and Political Science 

Weekly Cycle of Decision Making 

The weekly cycle is normally seen as the backdrop against which human affairs unfold. Here I present findings which show that this backdrop itself shapes our thinking in important ways. 

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Speaker: Lotte Thomsen, University of Oslo

Innate Primitives of Politics and Intergroup Relations

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students 

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, London School of Economics and Political Science 

Inequality All Around Me: Egalitarians Are More Attentive to Inequality-Related Information in Everyday Life

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students 

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Speaker: Kim Peters, University of Queensland

Causes and Consequences of Gossipers’ Lies

Thomas Ryan

PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students 

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Speaker: Tomás Ryan, Trinity College Dublin

Learned and Innate Information Storage in Memory Engrams

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students 

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Speaker: Mario Macis, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 

Ethical Concerns and the Reach of Markets: A choice experiment on Americans’ views about paying kidney donors 

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PBS Research Seminar Series 
*Internal event for LSE staff and students 

Wednesday 3 October 2018

Speaker: Dr Ilka Gliebs, London School of Economics and Political Science  

Ethical Challenges in Online Research