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Come and hear about the science behind extremism in an event featuring not just one, but two experts in the field!
The behavioural science of terrorist morality
Professor Paul Gill (Professor of Security and Crime Science)
Terrorist attacks typically result from some form of purposive decision-making by the terrorist on the rights and wrongs, as well as the costs and benefits, of targeting particular sites. This talk demonstrates a model of terrorist decision-making which considers such moralisation and draws on a number of first-hand accounts by the terrorists themselves.
Inside the brains of extremists
Dr Nafees Hamid (Senior Research Fellow, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation)
Is there a common underlying cause between the spread of conspiracy theories, radicalisation into terrorist groups, disinformation, polarisation and social fragmentation? Have we structured our societies in such a way that we built in their own undoing? Is analytic thinking part of the problem, not the solution? This talk will cover infield interviews with members of ISIS, Neo-Nazis, QAnon, and others; psychometric surveys and psychology experiments conducted throughout "the West" and the Middle East, and North Africa.
About Dr Liam Collins-Jones (Host)
Dr Liam Collins-Jones (Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering)
Dr. Liam Collins-Jones is a UCL-EPSRC Doctoral Research Fellow at DOT-HUB. Liam’s work focusses on developing diffuse optical tomography methods to enable network connectivity to be studied in awake babies. Liam finished his PhD in 2021, which sought to advance methods using fNIRS & structural data to image longitudinal changes in activation in the baby brain. Outside of academia, Liam is the National Coordinator of Student for Kids International Projects (SKIP, https://www.skipkids.org.uk/), a charity which aims to improve the health, welfare and education of children.
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