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Albert Wolters Public Lecture - The Fiction of memory - professor Elizabeth loftus

Professor Loftus discusses "rich false memories". Her research group has explored tampering with people's memories, changing the details of events that someone actually experienced or planting entire memories for events that never happened. If false memories can be so readily planted in the mind, do we need to think about "regulating" this mind technology?

A Conversation with Professor Elizabeth Loftus 

In this special event, Professor Loftus gives an overview of the Loftus and Palmer study, as well as talking about her work and life.


albert wolters public lecture 2017 - professor noam Chomsky - racing for the precipice: is the human experiment doomed?


Big science project 2017

As part of Week 6, students on the undergraduate programmes took part in the Big Science project, aimed at getting students involved with research, development and presenting. Students were asked to prepare a research idea in groups, and here is the winning team and their project 'How does your selfie angle affect your attractiveness'.


the secrets of healthy ageing - how to train your brain

Use it or lose it--This is particularly true for our cognitive functions in a later stage of life. By employing neuroscience and cognitive science approaches, we found daily training of processing speed and working memory functioning is the one of the best solutions to keep your brain sharp.  

The secrets of healthy ageing - are plant flavonoids the new brain food? the science behind the headlines

The secrets of Healthy ageing - can exercise help cognition and well-being as we age?

As we age, we experience decline of memory and thinking abilities and these are accompanied by changes in the brain. We all know that exercise is good for the body, but does exercise help our brain performance as well? In this talk, I will discuss existing findings on exercise, cognition and the brain, and present some preliminary findings of our ongoing project on cycling and wellbeing in older adults. A discussion with the audience will follow on the benefits and problems experienced with exercise in later life.

Celebrating 40 years of speech & language Therapy

This year Speech and Language Therapy, at the University of Reading, celebrates its 40th anniversary. The course first began in 1975 with Professor David Crystal as the led, and now, is number 1 in the Complete University Guide 2017. David Crystal talks to us about how it all began.

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The sense of style: the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century

Public Lecture - by Professor Steven Pinker

Professor Pinker discusses writing in the 21st Century, and argues that we need to rethink usage advice. Rather than moaning about the decline of the language, carping over pet peeves, or recycling spurious edicts from the rulebooks of a century ago, we can apply insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose.


How can chocolate help us understand depression 

Public Lecture - by Ciara McCabe

Over 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. If untreated, it can have a disastrous effect during adolescence which often leads to more serious problems in later life, and sometimes with tragic consequences. So how can we treat this disease?


In her upcoming lecture, Dr Ciara McCabe will discuss how chocolate has been used to understand the neurobiology of depression by examining the reward function in the human brain. Find out how this information can help explain why current medications might not be working and how, with neuroscience, we aim to develop better, targeted personalised treatments for depression.


Introduction to Psychology

First year module taster

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the field of psychology. Through the lectures and recommended reading, you'll learn about key psychology theories, and will be able to describe and evaluate these theories, and their research evidence, in an historical and contemporary context.



The psychology of babies

Public Lecture - by Lynne Murray

Babies are entirely dependent on their parents. Their care and nurture during the first two years of their lives is a constant feature in the news and is considered critical in laying the foundations of a child's mental adjustment by both politicians and health professionals alike. In this lecture, Professor Lynne Murray examines how a child's psychological development - their social understanding, attachments that they form, emotional control and even their intelligence - can be affected by different parenting techniques.

How bilingualism helps your brain

Public Lecture - by Professor Ellen Bialystok

Speaking more than one language, bilingualism, may have an effect on the way we think. In this lecture, Professor Ellen Bialystok explores how being actively bilingual reshapes our minds and brains throughout our lifespan. Professor Bialystok is from the Department of Psychology, York University (Canada) and an expert on bilingualism and cognition.

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