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Me, Human

Me, Human is a series of public science events which explore who humans are and how we are connected to the natural world.

Discover cutting-edge research, take part in fun psychology experiments and contribute to our understanding of brain and behaviour.

Come and see us!

  • Brighton and Canterbury Jun 2019
  • Science Museum, London Jul–Sep 2019
  • City Lit, London Sep 2019–Mar 2020

Upcoming events

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Live Science

Science Museum, London

How does your divided brain affect how you move and think?

Join a Science Museum experiment to explore how 500 million year-old brain traits still underpin your most human behaviours – like recognising faces and generating speech.

1 July – 30 September 2019

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Soapbox Science

Brighton, Canterbury

'The Divided Brain: The Evolutionary History of Human Behaviour'

Dr Gillian Forrester explains why our brain evolved with two different hemispheres.

Soapbox Science is a public outreach platform that promotes women working in science.

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Psyched!

City Lit, London

Why am I strangely attracted to you?

This fun evening show in London's Covent Garden gives you an insider’s look at how evolution and development affect the way you think, feel and behave.

24 October 2019
28 November 2019
13 February 2020
26 March 2020

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What is Me, Human?

The Me, Human project invites you to take part in activities to inspire a better understanding of your own brain and behaviour.

Humans have unique abilities, and our brains and behaviour are often investigated in isolation from the rest of the animal kingdom.

We want to consider humans within an evolutionary framework – creating a bridge between us and the natural world.

Through events like Live Science, Psyched! and Soapbox Science, my colleagues and I want you to consider and question your similarities and differences with other animals.

Read more at Psychology Today »

I am passionate about my research and also about communicating science to a public audience.

Through the Me, Human project, I want to share with you the story of who humans are and how we came to be.

Dr Gillian Forrester
A human story…

As a child, I was fascinated by our closest living relatives – the great apes.

I wondered – what do gorillas and chimps think? How similar is their experience of life to mine?

I scratched this itch by watching documentaries, reading books and eventually taking degrees in San Diego and Oxford.

It was during my studies that I started to learn about brains and how they control behaviour.

What struck me as truly incredible was that there are parts of the human brain that come from when humans and fish shared a common ancestor – over 500 million years ago!

Because we humans are able to think and act in ways unlike any other animal on the planet, it is easy to forget that modern human abilities have their origins in a shared evolutionary history.

I'd like to explore that history with you.

– Gilly

(with Tibs the gorilla at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park)

Get involved!

We are already working with –

  • schools
  • psychology students
  • documentary makers
  • data scientists
  • research collaborators
  • artists

If you're interested in human behaviour, we'd love to hear from you.

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