Science and Psychology
Attend in person or live online
£25 + VAT in person per student
£12.50 + VAT online per student
1 free teacher place for every 10 students
Date: 29th November 2022
Location: Friends House, London & Online
Time: 9am in person registration
9.30am online registration
Date: 30th November 2022
Location: St Georges, Bristol
Time: 9am registration
Research methods and science account for more than 25% of A level psychology marks – this conference aims to motivate and enthuse students about these topics. This conference looks at the importance of science to psychology, applying it to dance, magic and hypnotism
10.30 – 10.40 Introduction
10.45 – 11.05 Cara Flanagan: Science – what’s the point?
11.10 – 11.30 Mike Cardwell: Bad Science
11.35 – 12.05 Dr Tochukwu Onwuegbusi: Crime – how can we solve it?
12.10 – 12.45 Dr Lucie Clements: Dancing – Science and performance
13.45 – 14.20 Oliver Meech: Magic – it’s all about psychology
14.25 – 14.50 Demonstrations by Mike and Oliver – Lots of audience participation in demonstrations and experiments
15.00 – 14.0014.25 – 14.50 Andrew Newton: Hypnosis – is it real?*
*Programme subject to change
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Meet our speakers
Andrew Newton: Hypnosis – is it real?
For many people hypnosis is viewed as anything but scientific. However, the job of science is to provide evidence-based explanations for observable phenomena.
The lecture will include a demonstration of hypnosis, during which you can observe what happens and ask questions afterwards to try to understand what is actually happening.
Andrew is one of the world’s leading authorities on hypnosis, addressing audiences in the UK, America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, India. He is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine and Senior trainer in Hypnosis at Europe’s leading Hypnotherapy training school in Oslo, Norway.
Oliver Meech: Magic – it’s all about psychology
The real secret to magic tricks is that they’re not about fooling the eyes, but bamboozling the brain. Every trick is a real-world psychology experiment. Discover how magicians can offer surprising insights into the way we think and act, by exploring questions including:
What is misdirection and why is it often misunderstood?
- What captures our attention and how does that affect what we see (and don’t see)?
- How reliable are our memories, and can they be improved?
- Should we believe our perception of reality?
With enthusiasm, humour and interactive elements, Oliver Meech takes you on an eye-opening tour of our amazing brains.
Oliver studied Psychology at Oxford University and Magic at The Magic Circle, and combines the two in critically-acclaimed shows, talks and books.
Dr Tochukwu Onwuegbusi: Crime – how can we solve it?
One of the leading goals of criminal investigation is suspect identification. To do this, police have to rely on evidential factors which is challenging, especially when no physical evidence is available. Given the complexities that characterise crime scene investigation, detectives have had to use technologies to facilitate investigation.
Recently, eyetracking has gained prominence in the field of forensic science.
In this talk, I am going to describe the application of a novel eyetracking method to aid police crime investigation, particularly in suspect identification. Our data suggests that fixation patterns may be repeated during the recognition of familiar scenes. Thus, tracking eye fixations could give insight as to whether the suspect under police interrogation is lying about having memory of the crime scene.
Dr Tochukwu is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Lincoln. His main research focuses on application of experimental research designs and eye-tracking technology to assess a variety of real-world forensic and clinical phenomena.
Dr Lucie Clements: Dancing – Science and performance
Do you think arts and sciences require different thinking and skills? Many students feel they have to choose between pursuing creative and scientific subjects, but did you know that the same psychological skills and thinking is used in both?
The lecture will include live experiments and dancing, where you can learn how psychologists use dance to understand the mind and behaviour.
Lucie began training in ballet and then went on to study and work in science and psychology. As a psychologist she teaches dancers around the world about the role of science in performance.
Mike Cardwell: Bad Science
We assume that all scientists are honest folk and that we can trust what we read in the scientific journals. However, recent studies have suggested that a worryingly high number of researchers are not quite as trustworthy as we would like to believe. Psychologists, like all scientists, can, on occasion, go ‘rogue’ in their quest for academic fame and fortune.
This talk takes a close look at just how easy it is for researchers in psychology to twist the truth or even deceive us completely when it comes to publishing research and building reputations. We will also look at how the subject has responded to these concerns about academic integrity and is in the process of rebuilding our trust in psychology and psychologists.
Mike has recently retired as a Senior Lecturer Bath Spa University. He is a prolific author of Psychology textbooks and a, former Chief Examiner for AQA Psychology A level.
Cara Flanagan: Science – what’s the point?
During the Pandemic the government said ‘we are following the science’. But the idea of ‘following the science’ is just nonsense, a misunderstanding of what science is.
This talk aims to very briefly explain the concepts of science, the scientific method and validity, demonstrating the central function of research methods in psychology.
Cara 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 taught for 20 years (maths, computing and psychology) and was a senior examiner for AQA Psychology A level.
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