Student Members Group Annual Conference 2011
Professor Elizabeth Loftus: Q&A Session, chaired by Kimberley Wade
Elizabeth Loftus is Distinguished Professor at the University of California - Irvine. She holds faculty positions in three departments (Psychology & Social Behaviour; Criminology, Law & Society; and Cognitive Sciences), and in the School of Law, and is also a Fellow of the Centre for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. She received her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University.
Since then, she has published 22 books (including the award winning Eyewitness Testimony) and close to 500 scientific articles. Loftus's research of the last 30 years has focused on the malleability of human memory. She has been recognized for this research with six honorary doctorates (from universities in the U.S., Sweden, the Netherlands, Israel and Britain). She was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. She is past president of the Association for Psychological Science, the Western Psychological Association, and the American Psychology-Law Society.
Perhaps one of the most unusual signs of recognition of the impact of Loftus’s research came in a study published by the Review of General Psychology. The study identified the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th century, and not surprisingly Freud, Skinner, and Piaget are at the top of that list. Loftus was #58, and the top ranked woman on the list.
Dr Peter Naish: Hypnosis, hallucinations & the hemisphere
Peter Naish is a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology. He has a long-term interest in fear responses, and for various TV programmes has accompanied people up and down roller coasters, to see what makes them enjoy being frightened on white-knuckle rides, has walked out along the jib of a 200 ft crane with a height phobic, and has helped to carry a 20 ft python into the presence of a snake-phobic!
In more serious vein, he has worked with the military on issues relating to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). His current area of research is into the nature of hypnosis - a very successful vehicle for treating phobias. His talk will focus on this area, also drawing out an intriguing link between hypnosis and PTSD.
Dr Cynthia McVey: Dealing with the media: tackling problems and seizing opportunity
There is also a 'Spotlight on Careers' session with confirmed speakers including Dr Colin Wilson, Neuro Psychology, Dr Paul McCarthy, Sport & Exercise Psychology, Dr Rob Jenkins, Research & Experimental Psychology, Dr Ruth Mann, Forensic Psychology, Dr Siobhain O'Riordan, Independent Practice.
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