Prof Elizabeth Loftus
Attend in person or live online
Come along to our in person event and hear world renowned false memory expert, Prof Beth Loftus, speak of her research and take your questions during our live Q&A.
If you can’t join us in person, why not join us online instead? Use your personal log in to ask questions and engage with polls and content during this live event.
£25 + VAT in person per student
£12.50 + VAT online per student
1 free teacher place for every 10 students
Date: 28th, 29th or 30th March 2023
Location: Emmanuel Centre, London
Time: 9am registration
Date: 29th & 30th March 2023
Time: 9.30am registration
10.30 – 10.40 Introduction
10.45 – 11.25 Dr Phil Banyard: Everything you know about psychology is wrong
11.30 – 11.55 Cara Flanagan: The psychology of successful revision
12.00 – 12.45 Prof Adrian Owen: The search for consciousness
13.45 – 14.30 Prof Richard Wiseman: That’s Impossible!
14.30 – 16.00 Prof Elizabeth Loftus: Manufacturing memories*
*Programme subject to change
Meet our speakers & their research
Prof Elizabeth Loftus: Manufacturing memories
For several decades, Professor Loftus has been manufacturing memories in unsuspecting minds. This work shows people can be led to believe they did things that would have been rather implausible.
False memories, like true ones, also have consequences for people—affecting their later thoughts, intentions, and behaviors. Can we tell true memories from false ones?
Considered as a whole, these findings raise important questions: If false memories can be so readily planted in the mind, do we need to think about ‘regulating’ this mind technology? And what do these pseudomemories say about the nature of memory itself?
Prof Elizabeth Loftus is Distinguished Prof at the University of California, Irvine. She has had a unique career as one of the foremost psychologists of her generation and is listed as the most well-known female psychologist ever. She has been an instrumental figure in cognitive psychology and continues to be active in research, focusing on the malleability of memory. She has published 24 books and over 600 articles.
Prof Richard Wiseman: That’s Impossible!
Join Prof Wiseman as he explores the seemingly impossible. Experience some of the world’s greatest optical illusions, discover the psychology that magicians use to make objects vanish into thin air, uncover the truth about paranormal phenomena and find out how you can achieve more than you might imagine. A fun and informative journey into a world where nothing is quite as it seems.
Prof Richard Wiseman has published over 100 academic articles, written several best selling books (including The Luck Factor and 59 Seconds), created YouTube videos that have attracted over 500 million views, and is one of the most followed psychologists on Twitter. Based at the University of Hertfordshire, he has been described as one of the most innovative psychologists in the world, and his next book explores why psychology really matters.
Prof Adrian Owen: The search for consciousness
The thought of being ‘locked in’ following a brain injury or aware during general anaesthesia troubles us all because it awakens the old terror of being buried alive. But what does it mean to be awake, but entirely unable to respond and what can this tell us about consciousness itself?
In recent years, rapid technological developments in the field of neuroimaging have provided a number of new methods for revealing thoughts, actions and intentions based solely on the pattern of activity in the brain.
In this talk, I will lead you through some of the most recent discoveries in this field and discuss their implications for patients with severe brain injuries, for sleep and anaesthesia, and for our understanding of consciousness itself.
Prof Adrian M. Owen OBE, PhD is currently a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. His research combines structural and functional neuroimaging with neuropsychological studies of brain-injured patients and has been published in many of the world’s leading scientific journals, including Science, Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet.
Dr Phil Banyard: Everything you know about psychology is wrong
Psychology has some great stories that tell us a lot about human behaviour and experience. The problem is that there is sometimes more story and less evidence than you might expect. The work on obedience (by Milgram) and diagnosis (by Rosenhan) are two good examples of this. The stories are timeless and speak to us today but neither conform to our understanding of what science should be. Does this matter and does it mean that we should dismiss these stories? The work of Rosenhan challenges the role of diagnosis and asks us to look at mental distress in a different way. It was controversial when it was published and it remains controversial today. Dr Phil Banyard will explore these questions, and more in this talk.
Dr Phil Banyard is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. He has written and contributed to over 20 books, most recently Controversy and Psychology (published by Routledge) and Essential Research Methods in Psychology (published by SAGE). He was Chief Examiner for GCSE and A Level syllabuses in psychology for twenty years and has marked more exam scripts than he has brain cells left.
Cara Flanagan: The psychology of successful revision
Revision is a painful process but there is lots of psychological research that can tell you how to reduce the pain and revise more effectively.
For example, many students focus on getting information into their heads but research shows that you actually should practice getting it back out again. This short talk will look at some real research gems.
Cara Flanagan is known for her numerous Psychology textbooks – at last count well over 50 of them for the different exam boards and also specialist texts on research methods. She also taught for 20 years (maths, computing and psychology) and was a senior examiner for AQA Psychology A level.
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