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Imagine you are sitting in a cafe, watching as people walk by outside the windows. Within split seconds, you form an impression about them. Are they very beautiful? Are they perhaps very smart? Could they even be distant relatives? Our speakers will discuss why we treat some people differently than others, and which psychological processes may take part in forming these quick impressions about other people based on their looks, but also their brains.
Does genius come gift wrapped?
Being a genius comes with its own challenges. Having a ‘gift’ that comes without a receipt to take it back when it makes life uncomfortable can lead you to hiding it under the bed with that awful jumper your Auntie Patricia gave you for Christmas. Being a nerd or geek can be a struggle and it certainly doesn’t mean everything comes easy. So come and let’s chat about all things clever. How do we decide someone is ‘gifted’, what can it mean for them, and what might we do to support them in classrooms?
First impressions, Faces and Culture
Prof. Ben Jones (Chair Of Psychology (Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging), University of Glasgow)
Do stereotypes about beautiful people differ across cultures? I will discuss a new international initiative involving 100s of labs from across the world all working together to explore cultural differences in these first impressions.
How do you know who’s related to you? Humans, like other animals, treat their relatives differently. Kin help each other more, have less conflict than you’d expect, and generally find each other sexually unappealing. Learn how we use cues like facial resemblance, co-residence, and early life experience to decide who to treat like a relative.