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The Complexities of the Mind in Social Interaction

First floor, sorry there is no step free access
Past event - 2019
22 May Doors 7.00pm
Event 7.30-9.30pm
Sekforde Arms, 34 Sekforde Street, Clerkenwell,
London EC1R 0HA
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Prepare yourselves for digging into human (and chimpanzee and dog) social interaction and communication. Three great talks will shed light on the different features of communication: first, why we are bad at giving advice to others, then, the role of our bodies in understanding the actions of others, and lastly, some fascinating research on yawning across species.

During the event, there will be games and fun activities with many special Pint of Science surprise gifts for you!

How Not to Give Advice

Dr. Andreas Kappes (Lecturer, Department of Psychology, City, University of London)
We love doing it, to family member, friends, or strangers: give advice. And we are terrible at it! Even if we have an important message, something that is crucial for another person's happiness or for the survival of humanity, even if we have all the facts on our side, we are more likely to mess up than influence another person. When it comes to advice giving, we cannot trust our instincts. In this talk, I will show you what the last decades of the science of advice can tell us about how not to do it and what our failure to convince others has to do with how our brain works.

How Our Body Experience Helps us to Understand Others' Actions

Sonia Abad Hernando (PhD Student, City, University of London)
In the action observation literature, there is plenty of evidence on how sensory and motor experiences modulate the way we process others’ actions. During my PhD, I investigate the role of somatosensory and motor areas of the brain when it comes to perception, encoding & maintenance in memory, or predicting information related to human bodies and biological movement.

Contagious Yawning Across Species and From Robots Too!

Dr. Ramiro M. Joly-Mascheroni (Department of Psychology, City, University of London)
We all yawn, at least once every day. All vertebrates yawn, but we still don’t know the real function of this behaviour. What is equally as puzzling, is that it is contagious. You might even start yawning now by simply reading the word Yawn. In my talk, providing the audience manages to stay awake, I will share my research on the strange phenomenon of yawning being contagious, which I explored, and found that it happens with dogs, with chimpanzees, with humans with intact vision, with humans who are blind and beyond: how come we may yawn when we see an android yawn?
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