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Department of Psychology Seminars 2021

See the schedule of seminars taking place in the Department of Psychology

February to March 2021

Seminars in February and March.


Wednesday 3 February

Are video games bad for us?

  • Speaker: Dr Patricia Kanngiesser, University of Plymouth
  • Time: 12.15pm to 1pm
  • Venue: Online (Zoom)

How norms structure social life and how we can leverage them for behavioural change.

Patricia Kanngiesser is Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Plymouth. She completed a PhD at the University of Bristol, was a visiting researcher at Harvard and Kyoto University, and a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. Before moving to Plymouth, she was head of a research group at Free University of Berlin and lectured at Leipzig University.

Wednesday 10 February

Title: to be confirmed

  • Speaker: Professor Mark Levine, Lancaster University
  • Time: 12.15pm to 1pm
  • Venue: Online (Zoom)

Wednesday 24 February

Title: to be confirmed

  • Speaker: Dr Adam Hahn, University of Bath
  • Time: 12.15pm to 1pm
  • Venue: Online (Zoom)

Wednesday 3 March

How do numerical symbols gain meaning?

  • Speaker: Dr Camilla Gilmore, Loughborough University
  • Time: 12.15pm to 1pm
  • Venue: Online (Zoom)

Children who develop good numeracy skills during the preschool period are more likely to succeed in mathematics by the end of primary school. Yet many children are already behind their peers in numeracy when starting school. To best support children’s early mathematics learning we need to know how children attach meaning to number words and symbols. Some theories of number learning propose that number words and symbols gain meaning from being mapped onto information about magnitude, while other theories propose that numbers gain meaning from their relationship to other numbers. These theories make different predictions about the types of activities and resources that would be most beneficial for young children. I will present observational studies with preschool children as well as artificial symbol learning studies with adults that investigate the types of information associated with numerical symbols.

Camilla Gilmore is Professor of Mathematical Cognition and co-director of the Centre for Mathematical Cognition at Loughborough University. She conducts research into the development of mathematical skills from early years to adulthood. Her work aims to identify the factors that influence mathematics learning and to understand why some children have difficulties learning mathematics. She has previously studied and worked at Oxford, Harvard and Nottingham. She holds a Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship from the Royal Society.

Wednesday 17 February

COVID-19 and Smell Loss

  • Speaker: Dr Tuki Attuquayefio, Yale University
  • Time: 12.15pm to 1pm
  • Venue: Online (Zoom)

In a population of health care workers, the smell and taste loss associated with COVID-19 were tracked using a simple at home assessment. Smell and taste loss appear to precede most other symptoms of the virus, and here he explores the how and why, and what questions remain to be answered.

Tuki Attuquayefio (PhD) is a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale School of Medicine. His research area is focused on the impacts of diet of cognitive and brain health, but has recently explored the interesting and unexpected neurological and olfactory manifestations associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19).

Wednesday 10 March

Title: to be confirmed

  • Speaker: Dr Julie Harris, St Andrews
  • Time: 12.15pm to 1pm
  • Venue: Online (Zoom)

Wednesday 17 March

Title: to be confirmed

  • Speaker: Dr Michelle St Clair, University of Bath
  • Time: 12.15pm to 1pm
  • Venue: Online (Zoom)

Wednesday 24 March

Title: to be confirmed

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