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An interactive science evening about how our ancient brains cope in the modern world.
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Your hosts…

Dr Gillian Forrester
Dr Gillian Forrester

Dr Forrester keeps company with gorillas and small children, studying how our minds and behaviour have evolved.

She's an evolutionary psychologist and will show how our ancient genetic code gets us into trouble in the modern world. 

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Prof Catherine Loveday
Prof Catherine Loveday

Professor Loveday is a neuropsychologist who studies memory and music. She knows why the music from our teenage years stays with us forever.

She's written a guide to the brain, appeared on radio many times, and once took the stage at festival to explain why house music makes you feel good.

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Dr Simon Green
Dr Simon Green

Dr Green is a famously popular psychology lecturer with an interest in anxiety, fear and drugs (among many other things).

He'll bring alternative perspectives and share anecdotes on the strangeness of being human.

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Psyched! is in Covent Garden, London from September 2019.
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Upcoming shows!

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You make me sick

Thu 24 Oct 2019
£9

How can the sound of someone being sick make you gag – yet a painting with gory wounds and severed limbs can appear beautiful?

  • Learn about the evolution of the physical disgust reaction
  • Join in the discussion and participate in fun activities that demonstrate your own disgust threshold (if you dare!) and what this means about you!
  • Get knowledge and strategies for dealing with this ancient beharioural trait in the modern world and for understanding the different perspectives of those around you.

In the run up to Halloween, come and have some fun being disgusted at Psyched!

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Blah blah blah

Thu 28 Nov 2019
£9

Why did human language take millions of years to emerge, yet babies are born ‘language ready’?

  • Listen to our panel of science experts to learn about how primitive body language still sets the stage for language development.
  • Join in the discussion and participate in fun activities that demonstrate your own intuitive understanding of symbols.
  • Get knowledge and strategies for building better social bonds during conversation.

Come and have some fun talking gibberish at Psyched!

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My friend fancies you

Thu 13 Feb 2020
£9

What is the evolutionary origin of lust and what is its place in the modern world?

  • Listen our panel of science experts to learn about how lust causes physiological and cognitive changes in people.
  • Join in the discussion and participate in fun activities that demonstrate the differences between lust and love.
  • Get knowledge and strategies for creating connection during conversation.

Come and celebrate Valentine’s Day at Psyched!

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Let's talk about sex (differences)

Thu 26 Mar 2020
£9

Slugs and snails and puppy dog's tails – or sugar and spice and everything nice?

What are boys and girls made of?

  • Listen to our panel of science experts to learn about sex differences in brains and behaviours of children and adults.
  • Join in the discussion and participate in fun activities that demonstrate the influence of nature and nurture on sex.
  • Get knowledge and strategies for managing your own and others’ perspectives on the behaviours of males and females in modern society.

It’s sexy time at Psyched!

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Come and be Psyched!

John Lyon's Theatre
City Lit
Keeley Street
Covent Garden
London WC2B 4BA
020 7831 7831

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Alcohol is not sold at the venue, but your ticket price includes a complimentary drink.

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Psychologist

Dr Gillian Forrester

Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London

  • Director of the Me, Human project
  • Psychology Today writer
  • BBC Radio
  • Soapbox Science
Field of Expertise

Behavioural Neuroscience, Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology

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Neuropsychologist

Prof Catherine Loveday

Department of Psychology, University of Westminster

  • The Secret World of the Brain (author)
  • All in the Mind, How to Build A Better Brain (Radio 4)
  • Latitude, Blue Dot (festival speaker)
  • The Conversation (regular contributor)
Field of Expertise

Human Memory, Brain Injury, Memory Impairment, Music

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Psychologist

Dr Simon Green

Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London

  • A-level Psychology textbook author
  • Regularly voted best Psychology lecturer in Birkbeck
Field of Expertise

Neuroscience, Neuroscience of Emotion, Evolutionary Psychology