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Behavioural Humanities speaker series 2021

Behavioural Humanities aims to celebrate the many interesting connections between behavioural science and the arts and humanities.

Facilitated by our academic lead Professor Thomas Hills, this speaker series focuses on contributions from literature, the visual arts, and music and investigates how the behavioural science and the humanities inform one another.

Please find below information below on each of our talks

Joining instructions for this online speaker series will be sent to you the day before the session is due to take place.
We look forward to seeing you soon!


Tuesday 25 May 2021, 3pm

‘Reflections on the History of Psychohistory’
Professor Mathew Thomson

‘Psychohistory’ was for a brief time a big deal in History, but it has faded into obscurity and notoriety. Mathew Thomson’s talk will explain what Psychohistory was and why it fell away. More importantly, he will argue that this framing of the relationship between the two disciplines obscures a longer-term and inevitable psychological dimension to history. Finally, he will reflect on the lessons of that history and the opportunities and challenges to develop a more constructive dialogue between History and the Behavioural Sciences today.