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The mind is flat. The illusion of mental depth and the improvised mind

21 March 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This event is free and open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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Registration deadline: 14 March

Professor Chater will cover the territory described in his book The Mind is Flat. From the cover:
“We all like to think we have a hidden inner life. Most of us assume that our beliefs and desires arise from the murky depths of our minds, and, if only we could work out how to access this mysterious world, we could truly understand ourselves. For more than a century, psychologists and psychiatrists have struggled to discover what lies below our mental surface.
In The Mind Is Flat, Nick Chater reveals that this entire enterprise is utterly misguided. Drawing on startling new research in neuroscience, behavioural psychology and perception, he shows that we have no hidden depths to plumb, and unconscious thought is a myth. Instead, we generate our ideas, motives and thoughts in the moment. This revelation explains many of the quirks of human behaviour - for example why our supposedly firm political beliefs, personal preferences and even our romantic attractions are routinely proven to be inconsistent and changeable.
He will reveal, through mind-bending visual examples and counterintuitive experiments, we are all characters of our own creation, constantly improvising our behaviour based on our past experiences. Recognising this can be liberating.”

University of Hertfordshire
Room: A154 (Lindop Building)
College Lane Campus
College Lane
AL10 9AB 

By road: The College Lane campus is near the junction of the A1(M) and A414. Visitors can park their cars in car parks C, D and E which are all in close proximity to the Lindop Building. For example, car park C is in front of the Lindop Building.

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By public transport:
Travelling by train to Hatfield from London: First Capital Connect trains run from London Kings Cross (fast trains) and Moorgate (slower trains) to Hatfield Station.
Bus to the University: The College Lane Campus is just a short (10 minute) bus ride from Hatfield Station (Bus Stop 2). Bus 602 leaves the station at 17:19, and 18:04 reaching the campus at 17:30 and 18:15, respectively. Bus 653 leaves the station at 17:20, 17:45, and 18:10 and arrives at campus at 17:31, 17:56 and 18:21, respectively.

Getting back to the station: The 602 bus leaves the campus (the Forum, Bus stop 6) for Hatfield station at 20:00, 20:25 and gets to the Hatfield railway station at 20:08 and 20:33, respectively. The 653 bus leaves the campus (the Forum, Bus stop 6) at 19:44, 20:07, 20:29 and 20:41, and gets to the railway station at 19:52, and 20:15, 20:37 and 20:49, respectively. 

An alternative is to take/share a taxi, which will be around £5 from the University to station. Local Taxi company numbers are 01707 266666, or 01707 888888.


18:00 Registration & Networking
18:30 Talk



Professor Nick Chater, University of Warwick
Nick Chater is Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School. He also holds a chair at UCL. He has over 200 publications, largely covering the cognitive psychology of decision making and language. He is a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change and is an advisor to the UK government's Behavioural Insights Team. He is a fellow of the British Academy. He co-founded the research consultancy Decision Technology. He read Psychology at Cambridge University.

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