Other London events

Highly Sensitive Minds: From Laughter to Challenge

This event takes place on the first floor, sorry there is no step-free access. Snacks and fantastic pizzas can be ordered at the venue.
Past event - 2019
20 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30-9.30pm
The Devereux, 20 Devereux Court, Temple,
London WC2R 3JJ
Sold Out!
What makes someone sensitive? Perceiving experiences differently shapes how we relate to others and interpret events. Come and listen to Dr. Maria Turri explain how we unconsciously form ideas about people when we laugh at them or with them, and Dr. Michael Pluess describe how people differ in their sensitivity to experiences they make. Experience the pint while you learn all about it!

Pint of Science goodies to be won during the night!

Strong and funny: when fools make us laugh, that's how they cast a spell on us

Dr Maria Grazia Turri (Lecturer in Creative Arts and Mental Health)
In the early modern times people went to Bedlam to take a good look at the mad and for a laugh or two. In the meantime, in the theatre, mad figures were brought on stage for the amusement of the audience. Today we don't visit psychiatric hospitals for entertainment but we still love laughing at 'fools', like Laurel and Hardy or Mr Bean. In collaboration with the Globe Theatre, we tested the subconscious reactions of a modern audience laughing at mad figures from the age of Shakespeare. The outcome was intriguing. Come prepared to be surprised at how powerful a laughing stock can be!

Are some people more sensitive than others?

Dr Michael Pluess (Professor of Developmental Psychology)
Some people seem to be more affected than others by what they experience: they are more sensitive. Research suggests that such differences in sensitivity are common, have a genetic basis, and that more sensitive people show a stronger response to negative as well as positive experiences. During this talk I will explain the theory behind such differences and present recent research findings on sensitivity, from children’s response to parenting quality to adults’ response to work challenges.
Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors.