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City psychology academics enlighten audiences during 2019 Pint of Science Festival

Three evenings of thought provoking talks from our department psychology academics, research students and friends lit up Clerkenwell’s The Sekforde this week.

by Shamim Quadir (Senior Communications Officer)

Pint of Science is a worldwide science festival which brings researchers to local pubs and cafes to share their scientific discoveries, and quench the public’s thirst for knowledge It ran across three evenings this week from Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd May 2019.

City, University of London's sold-out psychology themed evenings at The Sekforde were entitled:

Mind the body: How the brain perceives our bodies

Fear, Focus and Fakery: Psychology and the Unexpected

The Complexities of the Mind in Social Interaction

Speaking about the research he presented during his talk, 'Hearing the Light: Skipping Pylons and the Strange Sound of Silent Motion', Dr Elliot Freeman senior lecturer at City said:

“We already knew that some people hear what they see. Car indicator lights, flashing neon shop signs, and people's movements as they walk may all trigger an auditory sensation.

“Our latest study reveals normally-occurring individual differences in how our senses of vision and hearing interact.

“We found that people with ‘visual ears’ can use both senses together to see and also ‘hear’ silent motion, while for others hearing is inhibited when watching such visual sequences.

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