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Join us for a fascinating evening of talks exploring the science of illusions and hindsight. We will discover how being wise after the event can actually be more complicated than first thought and how illusions of the mind tell us more about ourselves than we ever imagined. Sit back and discover!
Hindsight bias: On being wise after the event
Dr Hartmut Blank (Beautiful Mind Speaker)
After the event, we are not only wiser but also often fall prey to the illusion that we knew this before and that developments were foreseeable and inevitable. This has important consequences for how we retrospectively assess our own and other’s behaviours and decisions. This talk will introduce research on the phenomenon of (biased) hindsight, explore some psychological mechanisms behind it and discuss ways of reducing hindsight bias.
Mind games: trick or truth?
Edward Morrison (Beautiful Mind Speaker)
A thought can be implanted into your mind without you knowing. Your memory power can be more than doubled. Your physical performance can be improved using mind over matter. Hear extraordinary claims about what your mind can and cannot do. But which is fact and which is fake? Join in with a series of demonstrations then decide for yourself.
'Star cells' and portraits of the brain
Professor Arthur Butt (Beautiful Mind Speaker)
The brain is made up of millions of ‘cells’. The ‘thinking’ cells of the brain are ‘nerve cells’, which control all our bodily functions. The brain also contains another kind of cell called 'astrocytes' - quite literally 'star cells'. The cells of the brain are the most beautiful structures in the universe. However, when they don't work properly it has devastating consequences. This is what happens in dementia, Multiple Sclerosis and other brain diseases. Join me on a tour of the cells of your brain and how our research is aiming to keep them healthy.