2019 - 2020 Semester 1

    Week 2

    Date: Monday 23rd September

    Time: 11:15-12:15

    Location: MBG13

    Speaker: David Finkelstein

    Title: Organisational culture and labour migration patterns in the nineteenth-century print trade.

    Abstract: Migration was a key tool for building the social, cultural and economic infrastructures of the British Dominions throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Between 1840 and 1914, an estimated 12 million people left the British Isles for overseas destinations. Such displacement of people contributed to what scholars have termed the imperial and labour diasporas, driven by economic necessity between 1840 and 1914. Print culture practitioners were crucial players in these diasporas. Members of a highly skilled, mobile ‘printing diaspora’ who could help construct and promote political and cultural identities through the agency of print were, from the outset, high on the preferred occupation list of overseas spaces. Drawing on data from over 6,000 union English, Scottish and Irish union records, this paper traces how Victorian printers circulated around the English speaking world using organisational union structures, in the process setting up businesses, engaging in labour politics, and sustaining social, communal and international identities and communication infrastructures.


    Week 4 

    Date: Monday 7th October

    Time: 11:15-12:15

    Location: MBG13

    Speaker: Joe Stubbersfield

    Title: The cultural transmission of health-related conspiracy theories

    Abstract: For research and policy-development in public health, it is crucial to understand the spread of ideas and beliefs as well as diseases. Conspiracy theories about secret agendas behind vaccination programmes, the side effects of medical treatments, and cover-ups by the government or pharmaceutical industry are prevalent in many countries and can have devastating effects on health and well-being. I will present research aimed at understanding how and why these beliefs proliferate in different cultural contexts, using four key approaches: 1) a UK-based survey of exposure to, and belief in health conspiracy theories  (HCTs); 2) a US-based study of attitudes predicting anti-vaccination beliefs and behaviour; 3) two experiments examining the content and transmission of HCTs; and 4) a novel transmission experiment in Sri Lanka examining the transmission of medical information in a rural context. Results suggest an important role of demographics, local factors, attitudes such as anti-establishment worldview and the nature of information content and structure.


    Week 6

    Date: Wednesday 23rd October

    Time: TBD

    Location: TBD

    Speakers: Trudi Collier and Michael Craig

    Title: Investigating possible differences in visual memory abilities between deaf and hearing people.

    Abstract: Research suggests that lack or loss of a sensory modality can give rise to ‘gains’ in other sensory modalities. For example, studies indicate that blind people perform better than sighted people on tasks assessing auditory and tactile function, as well as verbal memory. Similarly, deaf people have been shown to outperform hearing people on tasks that assess visual attention, including a superior ability to detect visual information in the periphery and cluttered scenes. Together, these findings demonstrate a level of cognitive flexibility that can result in actual improvements in at least some cognitive functions. However, it remains poorly understood whether enhancements in the visual modality in deaf people extend to visual memory abilities, especially regarding the quality/fine detail of retained visual memories. In a new study, we are investigating this interesting question using tests of short- and long-term visual memory and questionnaires that probe more everyday visual memory abilities. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the study and report some early findings from this ongoing research.



    Week 9

    Date: Monday 11th November



    Speaker: Dr Josh P Davis (Reader in Applied Psychology), University of Greenwich

    Host: Louise Delicato

    Title: Super-recognisers: ESuper-recognisers: Exceptional at face recognition, exceptional at crime detection

    Abstract: Super-recognisers inhabit the extreme top end of a wide spectrum of face identity processing ability in the population. They outperform controls on tests of long- and short-term familiar and unfamiliar face recognition, spotting faces in a crowd, and simultaneous face matching. Their primarily face-specific skills may be inherited, although experiential factors also drive performances. Recent evidence also suggests their superior skills may transfer to voices. This presentation will discuss scientific studies evaluating their capabilities, as well as how employing super-recognisers has positively impacted businesses, policing, and government agencies.

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