A screening of mystery crime thriller The Usual Suspects, starring Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, will be followed by a Q&A debate session putting the film under the scrutiny and analysis of psychologists and therapists. Dr Kathryn Waddington, Head of Psychology at the University of Westminster, and Nikita Mikhailov, Psychologist and Psychometrics expert from Lumina Learning, will discuss the psychological perspectives of the movie. The Q&A session will be moderated by Psychotherapist and Business Psychologist Mike Simonson.
Visiting lecturer and Module Leader Bryan Bonaparte commented on the purpose of the Psychology at the Movies series, saying:
“Using movies is proving to be very effective. This has led firstly, to me setting up the Psychology Film club in our Department at Cavendish Campus and now to the idea of using movies to learn and debate perspectives of psychology and human behaviour, not just with students and staff but for the wider public.
“The mere act of movie-watching can improve mood (emotional), serve as a bonding experience with friends (social), engage memory and attention in a healthy workout (cognitive) and serve as a good, clean source of fun on a night out (behavioural). Furthermore, both ‘movies as a coping tool’ and ‘movies as a metaphor’ offers psychological exploration. So we launched Psychology at the Movies at the Regent Street Cinema, the birthplace of British cinema.”
Psychology at the Movies gives the audience the opportunity to see old and some new films through a new lens and, in some instances, films that have never been seen on a big screen before but only on DVD or online.
The interactive sessions will take place every first Thursday of the month for different films and speakers. As part of the series, The Experimenter will be shown on Thursday 3 December.
This event is open to the public and tickets are limited on a first come first served basis. University of Westminster students can attend for a discounted price of £6, and staff for £7 for tickets instead of £11.