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Department of Psychology Seminars 2021/22

View the schedule of seminars taking place in the Department of Psychology.

February 2022

All talks will take place via Zoom on Wednesdays, 16:00 - 17:00 GMT, unless otherwise stated. Talks are hosted jointly by the University of Bath and the University of Bristol.


Wednesday 9 February 2022

  • Title: Statistics in the Service of Science: Don't let the Tail Wag the Dog
  • Speaker: Henrik Singmann, University College London

Thanks to the wide availability of 'default Bayes factors' that can be applied without the need to specify problem-specific prior distributions, Bayes factors are becoming increasingly popular. Default Bayes factors achieve this by formulating the prior distribution on a standardised effect size scale. Whereas the idea of default Bayes factors is that the application is easy, this normalisation can have unintended consequences. For example, van Doorn et al. (in press, CBaB) showed that Rouder’s default Bayes factor is not invariant to the level of data aggregation in a mixed model setting with repeated measures. This feature can allow researchers to strategically manipulate their Bayes factor results. We show that this is solely a feature of the default Bayes factor that relies on a normalised effect size. Neither the frequentist p-value nor a Bayesian approach relying on the un-normalised effect size (using either Bayes factor or other inferential approach) suffer from this problem. We conclude that in a mixed-model setting, in which usually multiple variance components are estimated, formulating standardised effect sizes measures is a non-trivial endeavour. In general, researchers should try to formulate their hypotheses on inherently meaningful units instead of relying on the deceiving convenience provided by standardised effect sizes.

Wednesday 23 February 2022

  • Speaker: Fritz Breithaupt, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Title: To be announced

March 2022

All talks will take place via Zoom on Wednesdays, 16:00 - 17:00 GMT, unless otherwise stated. Talks are hosted jointly by the University of Bath and the University of Bristol.


Wednesday 2 March 2022

  • Speaker: David Mohr, North Western
  • Title: To be announced

Wednesday 9 March 2022

  • Speaker: Evie Vergauwe, University of Geneva
  • Title: To be announced

Wednesday 16 March 2022

  • Speaker: David Garcia, University of Graz
  • Title: Computational Social Science: Understanding Human Behavior in the Digital Society

The digital transformation of our society offers a wealth of data on human behavior captured by information and communication technologies, such as social media and smartphones. This has given rise to Computational Social Science as an interdisciplinary endeavor that develops computational methods that shed a new light on human behavior. I will present novel methods that can be combined to study society across levels: from large-scale data analysis of whole societies to individual-level behavior on social media.

These levels of analysis are connected by a combination of big data techniques, natural language processing methods, and computational agent-based models. I will show how this perspective can be applied to study the dynamics of online polarization, to measure gender inequality across the world, and to understand the dynamics and relevance of collective emotions.

Thursday 17 March 2022, 12:30pm GMT

  • Speaker: Christine Maheu, McGill University
  • Title: Psychosocial interventions for fear of cancer recurrence (FCR)

The testing of psychosocial interventions for fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) in clinical trials has gained momentum in the last few years, with most revealing a small effect size at post-treatment, and with few having FCR as their main target. This randomised controlled trial aimed to assess the efficacy of FORT, a theoretically and empirically driven, clinically led cognitive-existential group intervention, in reducing FCR.

Wednesday 23 March 2022

  • Speaker: Jessica Flake, McGill University
  • Title: To be announced

Wednesday 30 March 2022


April 2022

All talks will take place via Zoom on Wednesdays, 16:00 - 17:00 GMT, unless otherwise stated. Talks are hosted jointly by the University of Bath and the University of Bristol.


Wednesday 27 April

  • Speaker: Ellen Peters, University of Oregon
  • Title: To be announced

Thursday 28 April, 12:30pm GMT


May 2022

All talks will take place via Zoom on Wednesdays, 16:00 - 17:00 GMT, unless otherwise stated. Talks are hosted jointly by the University of Bath and the University of Bristol.


Wednesday 4 May 2022


Past seminars

Find details of past events from the Department of Psychology seminar series.


Wednesday 29 September 2021

  • Title: A tale of two inhibitory aftereffects of orienting
  • Speaker: Ray Klein, Dalhousie University

Wednesday 6 October 2021

  • Title: Psychological AI: Simplicity and Transparency in Prediction
  • Speaker: Gerd Gigerenzer, Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Wednesday 13 October 2021

  • Title: Explaining Happiness and Income in the Short- and Long-Run: A Lesson on Happiness.
  • Speaker: Richard Easterlin, University of Southern California

Wednesday 20 October 2021

  • Title: Does Bilingualism Affect Cognitive and Brain Structures? Facts and Fictions
  • Speaker: Ellen Bialystok, York University, Canada

Wednesday 27 October 2021

  • Title: How do we recognise Paul McCartney?
  • Speaker: Mike Burton, University of York

Wednesday 24 November 2021

Thursday 25 November 2021

  • Title: Young people's mental health: have we found a recipe yet?
  • Speaker: Stella Chan, University of Reading

Wednesday 1 December 2021

  • Title: Students’ identities as learners and consumers: implications for learning
  • Speaker: Dr Louise Tayler, Oxford Brookes University

Wednesday 8 December 2021

  • Title: Prospects of a multiple trace theory of temporal preparation
  • Speaker: Dr Sander Los, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Wednesday 15 December 2021

  • Title: Disgust, magical contagion, belief in the benevolence of nature and public health
  • Speaker: Professor Paul Rozin, University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday 26 January 2022

  • Speaker: Bernard Hommel, Leiden University
  • Title: Pseudo‐mechanistic explanations in psychology and cognitive neuroscience

Wednesday 2 February 2022

  • Speaker: Jeremy Wolfe, Harvard University
  • Title: How do we find what we are looking for? The Guided Search 6.0 model

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