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Previous Events

Some of the previous Behaviour, Brain and Society GRP events have been listed below.

8th Summer School - the Behavioural Science of Diversity and Inclusion
Monday 27 June - Wednesday 29 June 2022 (University of Warwick)

The Summer School is targeted at postgraduate and PhD students from the fields of economics, psychology, behavioural science, philosophy, organisational behaviour, management science, human resource management and social policy, as well as the general audience from the public and private sectors who are interested in learning new theories and evidence in the science of diversity and inclusion.

The school will also be a platform for conversation among the lecturers and other participants with ample opportunities for discussions.

Speakers for 8th Summer School

Technologies of Criminal Justice Seminar and Networking Event
Friday 29 April 2022 (Wolfson Research Exchange of the Main Library, University of Warwick)

The Centre for Operational Policing Research is thrilled to be hosted a “Technologies of Criminal Justice Seminar and Networking Event" on Friday April 29th, supported by the Behaviour, Brain and Society GRP.

This event is open to all Warwick researchers—from PhD students through to senior colleagues—who are interested in the role of technology in the criminal justice system. Learn more about the fascinating research that is happening within COPR, from Digital Forensics and Technology, to Policing models and the Law, as well as the science behind criminal behaviours, and more!

Agenda of the event linked here.

Children and Inequality Conference
Friday 22 April 2022 (Faculty of Arts, University of Warwick)

The Behaviour, Brain & Society GRP supported a Children and Inequality Conference which was hosted by the School of Psychology, and sponsored by the British Psychological Society.

The UK network on “Children and Inequality” brings together researchers from across the social sciences to discuss and investigate these questions. At this conference we will mainly focus on recent developmental psychological research on how children from different social groups experience and respond to inequality. Understanding the developmental origins of children's perceptions of inequality may help researchers, educators, and policy makers combat the effects of inequality on children and societies.

Agenda of the event linked here.

Great Minds: An Exploration of the Brain
Monday 14 March 2022 (Radcliffe, University of Warwick).

In collaboration with the Health GRP, the Behaviour, Brain & Society GRP delivered a seminar around the brain, how we think and how our thoughts impact our lives. On the day we asked:

  • What do we know and what are we discovering about the form and function of the human brain?
  • How does our Brain Work?
  • How do we make big decisions, and how do these decisions impact our lives?
  • Why do we make certain financial decisions, and what are the implications of these?
  • How can we optimise our mental health?
  • How does healthy eating tie in with the brain, and developing healthy mental habits?

Agenda of the event linked here.

Behavioural Humanities Speaker Series 2021

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

Behavioural Humanities aims to celebrate the many interesting connections between behavioural science and the arts and humanities. For example, this speaker series included a discussion of George Eliot's 'Middlemarch' in the light of modern behavioural science by examining its insights into human behaviour.

Core Insights: Behavioural Science Podcast Series

Warwick Business School's Core Insights team presents a 12-part series on Behavioural Science. Warwick Business School has the biggest group of Behavioural Science researchers in Europe. Over 12 episodes host Trevor Barnes interviews academics on the latest research and thinking into how our mind works, how we make decisions, the biases and heuristics that govern our behaviour and how we can apply behavioural science insights to help improve business, government, health and society.

Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making (SPUDM) Conference
Sunday 22 August - Tuesday 24 August 2021 (University of Warwick)

Warwick Business School and the University of Warwick's Department of Psychology hosted SPUDM in an online format, from Sunday 22 to Tuesday 24 August 2021.

Scientists and academics with an interest in judgment and decision-making research meet every 2 years in a European city, at the scientific conference called SPUDM (Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making).

SPUDM offers an international and interdisciplinary forum for scientists dealing with modelling, analysing and aiding decision processes. It covers fundamental as well as applied research, attracting contributions from various disciplines such as psychology, economics, medicine, law, management science, philosophy, and computer science.

Behavioural Humanities Speaker Series 2021

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

Behavioral Humanities Speaker series
Unfolding vision: Cezanne’s ‘personal way of seeing’, Professor Paul Smith
Tuesday 16th March 2021 @ 3pm GMT

This paper concerns perceptual explanations for a range of so-called ‘distortions’ in Cezanne’s paintings. Drawing on Gestalt and recent psychology, it examines how the painter’s habit of fixating for up to twenty minutes on objects caused things in peripheral vision to fade away and their vertical edges to slope to the left, and horizontal edges to look ‘broken’. It will also investigate why Cezanne’s faces appear devoid of character because of the same sustained way of looking, or how this supplanted normal, holistic, and fast face perception based on low-spatial frequency information. The paper will end by considering how Cezanne viewed the landscape slowly, for several hours at a time, and how doing so made it possible to synthesis those of its features which are most revealing about shape, and thereby express its ‘heaviness’.

"Warts and All”: Film, Ethics and Human Frailty, Dr Michele Aaron

Tuesday 23rd March 2021 @ 3pm GMT

In the 2017 AHRC funded research project, 'Digital Technology and Human Vulnerability: Towards an Ethical Praxis', participants from John Taylor Hospice in North Birmingham were given critical and practical training to create six films. These have been displayed and discussed with all kinds of audiences, locally, nationally and internationally, ever since. In this presentation, I want to use the films themselves to reconsider the ethical issues at the heart of this project and its central concern with the potential of film to transform our understanding of, and response to, human vulnerability. Michele Aaron is Reader in Film and Television and a Fellow of Warwick's Institute of Engagement. Her last two books focused on death and dying: an edited collection and the monograph, Death and the Moving Image: Ideology, Iconography and I (2014). She has increasingly redirected her fascination with difficult images into collaborative projects with community groups, charities and artists, and Screening Rights Film Festival, which she set up in 2015, to explore further the potential for film to affect personal, social and political change.

Workshop on Exposure to Political Violence and Economic Behaviour

Monday 5th April 2021 13:50-16:30

Tuesday 6th April 2021 13:50-16:30

This workshop was be the first of a series of similar dissemination events on the micro-level consequences of political violence exposure.

Organised by Dr Arzu Kibris, Associate Professor, Politics and International Studies (PAIS), the first event of this series will focus on economic behaviour. Please join us for a very interesting program of presentations by esteemed scholars of political violence.

'The Cultural Evolution of Explanations: from the Royal Society of London to Online Conspiracy Forums'
Friday 27th November 2020 at 16:00 GMT, 11:00 EST

In the first seminar of the Behavioural Data Science Series, from the Alan Turing Insitute Simon DeDeo (Carnegie Mellon University and the Santa Fe Institute) will lead a discussion on the cultural evolution of explanations. This work provides new insights into the basic psycho-social phenomenon of explanation-making, and shows how fundamental advances in the cognitive sciences can be applied to large-scale social phenomena of interest to the social and political sciences. The talk is based on joint work with Zachary Wojtowicz, Chloe Perry, Gabe Salmon, Will Thompson, and Zachary Nova