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Plug in your brain

Free Evening Talks in Popular Psychology

Visit the University of Westminster to hear local psychologists talk about their latest experiments, life in the lab, and why psychology matters to everyone, all in the space of an hour after work.

Plug in Your Brain talks are open to all and hosted by the Department of Psychology, University of Westminster.

In Pursuit of Happiness

Professor Angela Clow, one of the world’s leading experts in stress research, talks about the science of health, happiness, and well-being, at home and in the workplace. Learn what it takes to be happy in the world today and put a smile on your face.

Talks start promptly at 6pm and take place at our headquarters Regent Street building.

To book your place visit our online booking form.

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Remaining programme 2011/12

Lost in Music

Thursday 17 November 2011, 6 - 7pm
Why is music so important to us? Leading neuroscientist Dr Catherine Loveday talks about what happens in the brain when we listen to music and explains the power it has to compel us to dance, move us to tears, or lure us into love. With live performances by distinguished musician Anna Tilbrook and other special guests.

Money Talks

Thursday 15 December 2011, 6 - 7pm
International expert, popular columnist, and our special guest Professor Adrian Furnham provides a fascinating insight into our love-hate relationship with money and the role of money in our lives – at home, at work, and in our fantasies.

Does Freud Suck?

Thursday 19 January 2012, 6 - 7pm
Most people will know Sigmund Freud as the interpreter of dreams and the unconscious mind, but what did he really say and what do psychologists really think of him? Social psychologist Alan Porter puts the life and work of Freud in context.


Thursday 16 February 2012, 6 - 7pm
Get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day as one of the world’s leading experts in the psychology of love and attraction, Dr Viren Swami, talks about what makes us attracted to others and why we fall in love. Think opposites attract, that looks matter, or that playing hard-to-get works? Think again.

Heartbreak in Cyberspace

Thursday 15 March 2012, 6 - 7pm
Looking for love online can work – or go horribly wrong. Social psychologist Dr Tom Buchanan talks about online romance scams: how they work, who falls victim, and what can be done about them.