Lancaster Psychology Research Showcase Series

We are returning to your screens with a series of Research Showcase talks in April, 2021!

Join us for a series of interactive live talks from experts in the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University, accessible and open to everyone.

Make yourself a cup of tea, tune in the wireless (internet), and join us for insight and discussion into contemporary areas of psychological research.
Each seminar lasts 30 minutes, with 30 minutes for questions.
Join each seminar by clicking the link by each talk – it will go live 30 minutes before the talk is scheduled to start. You can join a seminar anonymously via any internet browser. You can type questions during the talk for the speaker to answer.
All times given are British Summer Time (GMT+1).

Tuesday 20th April 7.30pm-8.30pm
Prof Gert Westermann: Curious babies

Infants are not merely absorbing information that is provided to them, but they are active participants in their own learning, creating opportunities to learn based on their intrinsic curiosity. In this talk you will learn more about our work on trying to understand how curiosity drives infants’ exploration and how this affects their ability to learn.

Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/vc2uf8mf

Tuesday 27th April 7.30pm-8.30pm
Dr Mark Hurlstone: Construal Level Theory and Psychological Distancing: Implications for Grand Environmental Challenges 

Research in environmental psychology has used the Construal Level Theory (CLT) of psychological distance as a framework for understanding environmental challenges such as climate change. Psychological distance refers to the subjective perception of distance between the self and some object or event. According to CLT, there are four dimensions of psychological distance: temporal distance, spatial distance, social distance, and hypothetical distance. Together, these dimensions describe the perception of when an event occurs, where it occurs, to whom it occurs, and whether it occurs. According to CLT, objects or events that are perceived as psychologically close are construed in a “concrete” manner (yielding a detailed description of those objects or events), whereas objects or events that are perceived as psychologically distant are construed in an “abstract” manner (yielding a broad description of those objects or events). In this talk, I explain how psychological distance and construal level can help to understand responses to environmental challenges, from the perceptions and social construction of environmental issues as distant and abstract, to implications for decision-making and action towards long-term targets.
Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/22tukx3f

Tuesday 4th May 7.30pm-8.30pm
Prof Mark Levine: Title TBC 

Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/j9suz38a

Tuesday 11th May 7.30pm-8.30pm
Dr Lara Warmelink: Lying across the lifespan: honest ageing

Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/3ccutaad

Tuesday 18th May 7.30pm-8.30pm
Leslie Hallam: Legal, decent, honest, truthful? Five things advertisers don’t want you to know

Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/4b7jj4y3

Tuesday 25th May 7.30pm-8.30pm
Dr Kate Slade: Title TBC

Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/3wx4suz3

Tuesday 1st June 7.30pm-8.30pm
Prof John Towse: Online fraud: The role of psychology in cyberspace

Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/byb9n44f

Tuesday 8th June 7.30pm-8.30pm
Dr Francesca Citron: Title TBC

Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/ythr4s96

Tuesday 15th June 7.30pm-8.30pm
Dr Marina Bazhydai: “I don’t know but I know who to ask”: How babies seek information from others

This talk is about the origins of active social learning through seeking knowledge from other people. I will highlight developmental psychology studies showing that even before being able to ask questions, when uncertain about something and not able to find out for themselves, infants actively communicate with people who are more knowledgeable to gain information from them. This remarkable early ability to actively shape their own learning makes infants apt participants in social information exchange.

Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/yhpz7e8p

Tuesday 15th June 7.30pm-8.30pm
Dr Patrick May: Harnessing auditory neuroscience for green energy production

Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/f22frbtr

– Talks we hosted in 2020 –

Tuesday 17th November 7.30pm-9.00pm

Dr Margriet Groen hosts the 2020 Developmental Language Disorder Awareness event with special guests Dr Sam Jones and Dr Katie Alcock

On Tuesday 17th November 2020 at 7.30 pm, the Psychology Department at Lancaster University will host an online event around Developmental Language Disorder for parents, teachers and practitioners. We’ll talk about what Developmental Language Disorder is, about ongoing research at Lancaster University on DLD, and about local services available for families with children with language difficulties. There will also be ample opportunity to ask questions.

Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/y53gsaqg
Video of seminar: https://youtu.be/wVepMf2gRD4

Tuesday 12th May 7.30pm-8.30pm
Dr Lara Warmelink: Lying: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Lying is a complex behaviour that is usually studied as an anti-social behaviour, but actually it has uses to keep communities and people sticking together as well. This talk will discuss what we know  about the psychology of lying and how we measure and detect it.
Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/yc7wyq4e
Video of the seminar: https://youtu.be/IPG54amZvOI
Video of Lara’s answers to additional questions: https://youtu.be/ZlDpaG5uyTg

Tuesday 19th May 7.30pm-8.30pm
Dr Calum Hartley: Children’s understanding of ownership

The concept of ownership is a foundation of human culture. Determining ownership is vital to wide-ranging social situations, ranging from playground disputes to international political decisions. This talk will discuss how children figure out ‘who owns what’ and why ownership is so important to them.
Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/y8t565pz
Video of the seminar: https://youtu.be/T5yEUIYdFIk

Tuesday 26th May 7.30pm-8.30pm
Dr Sally Linkenauger: The Pint Glass Illusion:  Large distortions in the perceived shape of everyday objects

We take for granted that our perceptions of objects reveal an accurate representation of their geometrical dimensions.  However, because our brain is the most expensive organ in our body, processing visual information is a costly process. Hence, it stands to reason, that we would only expend neural energy deriving the dimensions of the environment that our useful for our interactions within it.  In this talk, I will show how our perceptions of the dimensions of everyday objects are greatly distorted presumably because those dimensions are not necessary for facilitating environmental interaction.
Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/y7xxbttk
Video of the seminar: https://youtu.be/kjz5u4Mf7wg

Tuesday 2nd June 7.30pm-8.30pm
Prof Charlie Lewis: Developmental psychology in the courts: Can we help children provide more convincing evidence?

Getting testimony from children in court cases is a deep and intricate problem. Children are usually encouraged to guess and are not usually relied on as the only arbiters of truth. The talk explores how children behave in these situations and how psychologists have informed legal process around children providing evidence.

Please note that the subject matter of this talk concerns cases involving child abuse. For advice and help on issues concerning child abuse, please see the Citizens Advice website.

Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/ybopnsju
Video of the seminar: https://youtu.be/5pjBcuxcc28

Tuesday 9th June 7.30pm-8.30pm
Dr Ryan Boyd: How to talk about your feelings: The peculiar relationship between words and emotions

In today’s age of hyper-self-awareness, the ability to label our emotions is often celebrated. Self-styled emotion experts publish lengthy lists of emotion words to help people articulate feelings as precisely as possible, and it is often assumed that people who use rich emotional vocabularies are emotionally and physically healthier than those who do not. However, the science behind our emotional experiences and our verbal behaviour is still in its infancy, and our research suggests that the current wisdom on emotion labeling doesn’t give us the full picture.
Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/ydx3pqbz
Video of seminar: coming soon

Tuesday 16th June 7.30pm-8.30pm
Leslie Hallam: Advertising: The dark art

The potency of advertising is well-understood by those who use it; much less so by those who are subject to it. Often characterised as exploiting our basest desires to sell us things we don’t need and didn’t know we wanted, more subversive uses can also be seen as contributing to more pro-social agendas, such as public health or sustainability. At one level (decent, honest, truthful) advertising messages hold up a mirror to our societies; if we don’t like the dark reflections we see, we need to be able to understand its inaccuracies and distortions, in order to change it – or perhaps, change ourselves.
Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/ybdetfmo
Video of the seminar: https://youtu.be/mq1i9G7IDT0

Tuesday 23rd June 7.30pm-8.30pm
Dr Kirsty Dunn: Prenatal development: Learning from our environment before we are born

The prenatal period is a time of intense and rapid development – a time that sees our brains and sensory systems develop to surprisingly sophisticated levels. How do the things we hear, see, taste and feel before birth lead to specific abilities and influence our preferences for what we like to see and listen to after birth? This talk will look at the incredible ways in which researchers around the world have been working to understand how the sensory environment in the womb shapes fetal brain development.

Join seminar here: https://tinyurl.com/yczu4ogo
Video of the seminar: https://youtu.be/G3dE3UNWmMc