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PBS seminar series

Join our PBS seminar series online!

Every week, during term-time, PBS brings guest speakers to the LSE community to talk about their expertise in psychology, behavioural science and further afield. 

For the Summer Term, as our face-to-face seminars are postponed, we are taking our seminar series online. If you would like to join the seminar please email to join the mailing list. All seminars will take place on Zoom. All times listed below are standard to British Summer Time (BST).

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PBS online seminar series
Date  Speaker and Topic 
6 May 2020, 4.00pm to 5.00pm

Disappointed Parents: Subjective Well Being and Parental Preferences for Offspring Gender Parity

Speaker: Dr Ingo Outes

Host: Professor Paul Dolan

Full abstract available:

Abstract Dr Ingo Outes for PBS seminar series


13 May 2020, 12pm to 1pm

Operationalising & Testing Neoliberal Cognition

Speaker: Dr Rudy Leyva, LSE

Host: Dr Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington 

Full abstract available:

Abstract Dr Rudy Leyva for PBS seminar series

20 May 2020, 12pm to 1pm

Cognitive Uncertainty

Speaker: Thomas Graeber, Harvard University

Host: Dr Christian Krekel

Full abstract available:

Abstract Thomas Graeber for PBS seminar series


Past seminars

PBS Seminar Series 2019/2020
 Date  Topic and speaker
9 Oct 2019

Voluntary action processes in the human brain

Speaker: Patrick Hoggard, UCL

Host: Prof Saadi Lahlou

16 Oct   

The desire for redistribution: Effects of luck, scarcity, heterogeneity and war

Speaker: Daniel Nettle, Newcastle University

Host: Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington

23 Oct 

Active inference and artificial curiosity

Speaker: Karl. J. Friston, UCL

Host: Dario Krpan

13 Nov 

Religion, Morality, and Trust: the cognitive origins and societal impact of supernatural beliefs 

Speaker: Aiyana Willard, Brunel

Host: Michael Muthukrishna

 27 Nov 

Global evidence on economic preferences

Speaker: Armin Falk, University of Bonn

Host: Ganga Shreedhar

 4 Dec

Antisemitism and misogyny against women active in public life

Speaker: Cristian Tileaga, Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology, Loughborough University.

Host: Cathy Nicholson

 11 Dec

Fatigue Influence on Inhibitory Control

Speaker: Rex Wright, Professor of Psychology, University of North Texas.

Host: Paul Dolan

 29 Jan 2020

Stimulating Curiosity to Enhance Learning: A Randomized Pedagogical Intervention

Speaker: Sule Alan, Professor of Economics at the European University Institute, Florence

Host: Christian Krekel

 5 Feb

Counterintuitive aspects of contemporary prejudice 

Speaker: Keon West, Reader in Psychology, Goldmsiths

Host: Ilka Gleibs

12 Feb

How well can we know what another person is feeling and what helps us to be accurate?

Speaker: Peter Wilhelm, Fribourg University

Host: Martin Bauer

11 March

Psychology and new technology: Where are we now?

Speaker: David A. Ellis, Associate Professor in Information Systems, University of Bath

Host: Jet Sanders