Psychology in the Pub Manchester - 27th June 2013

posted 17 Jun 2013, 09:50 by Pub Psychology Sheffield

The BPS North West group are running their own Psychology in the Pub event in Manchester on 27th June. Their speaker is Dr. Catherine Loveday who'll be delivering a talk entitled 'Lost in Music' about why music often evokes emotional reactions in us and the brain basis behind this. The talk starts at 6.30pm, so people need to arrive in good time to get a seat and a drink. The pub is The Lass O'Gowrie, on Charles St. (off Oxford Rd). It looks like an interesting event, if anybody is able to attend please e-mail me at to let me know how it went!

The Big Memory Experiment

posted 12 Oct 2012, 02:15 by Pub Psychology Sheffield

After Dr Anna Weighall's brilliant discussion on October 11th's Psychology in the Pub I know many of you will be eager to take part in the Big Memory Experiment. Here are the files along with Anna's instructions on what to do with them:
Materials for Session 1, the Evening Session (this is the session we did during the talk but provided here in case you missed it.  DON’T RUN THIS FILE AGAIN IF YOU EXPERIENCED IT LAST NIGHT.
This is a powerpoint file. When you click on the link, you will see a window that will ask if you want to open the file or save the file. We recommend that you open the file first and then save it to your desktop.

Materials for Session 2, the Morning Session
This is also a powerpoint file. As with the first one, when you click on the link, you will see a window that will ask if you want to open the file or save the file. We recommend that you open the file first and then save it to your desktop.

Experiment Score Sheets
These are word documents that you can use to record your responses on the test. You can either type your responses into the individual files and save them on your computer or you can print them out and write your responses. Alternatively, you may find it easier to simply write your responses on a piece of notebook paper, napkin, cereal box, or banana peel.

Answer Key
You should download this file after you have completed the entire experiment. This is a word document that will enable you to score your responses on both tests and to calculate your sleep memory score. Once you have scored your date please enter it into the google doc here:
Disclaimer: This test is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Scores on this test should NOT be interpreted as valid indicators of cognitive ability and/or neuropsychological functioning.

Anna Weighall

posted 28 Sep 2012, 06:02 by Pub Psychology Sheffield

We're thrilled to have Dr Anna Weighall at our next event on October 11th. Anna is a principal lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam and will be talking about the role sleep plays in memory and language learning. Further details are available on the Event page.

Chris French

posted 16 Jul 2012, 02:13 by Pub Psychology Sheffield

We're delighted to welcome Chris French to speak at our event on 16th August. Chris is an experienced public speaker with a fantastic talk lined up about why we experience seemingly paranormal phenomena. Further details are available on the Events page

We're back!

posted 27 Jan 2012, 06:45 by Pub Psychology Sheffield

Hello all! Sorry we've been away for so long. We're back with a great programme of events this year. We begin with a talk about the psychology of morality by our own Mary Langridge on 29th February. We're then delighted to welcome Tom Stafford, author of Mind Hacks to our event on the 15th  March. You can find more details on the 'Events' tab, or look us up on Facebook and Twitter. We've been busy behind the scenes securing some excellent speakers and trying to cover the topics you've requested. We're really looking forward to the year ahead. We've also added some links to Dr Keon West's Youtube videos on the 'Similar events and links' tab. If only all research was communicated this way! 

Cooperation and altruism

posted 24 Jul 2011, 11:59 by Pub Psychology Sheffield

Our very own Mary Langridge is talking about altruism at Sheffield Skeptics in the Pub in August. The event takes place 2 days before the next Psychology in the Pub.

Skeptics in the Pub, 15th August, 7.30, The Showroom:

Explaining social behaviours such as cooperation and altruism is one of the greatest challenges facing the biological and social sciences. Darwin’s theory of natural selection provides an excellent framework within which to examine theories across the disciplines. This talk will lead you through the basic theories in this area, explaining how benefits to our relatives, our reputation and our self-concept lead us to perform bizarrely altruistic acts; from giving money to charity, to donating blood or laying down our life for others - acts which appear to be detrimental to our own reproductive success. 

Mary Langridge is an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, co-founder of Psychology in the Pub Sheffield and a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her research aims to unify theories across economics, biology and psychology in order to understand cooperation, costly punishment and how our moral and religious values influence our moral decisions. 

New links

posted 27 Jun 2011, 03:54 by Pub Psychology Sheffield

We've just added a few useful website links following on from our June event and leading up to July's. Thank you to all who came along last week. The event went really well with about 70-80 people attending. The variety of different views and willingness of you to share them was really fantastic. Look forward to seeing you again!

The first ever Psychology in the Pub Sheffield was a great success!

posted 19 May 2011, 03:05 by Pub Psychology Sheffield   [ updated 19 May 2011, 03:20 ]

Thank you to all those who came to our first event, we estimate that about 55 people came to the Showroom last night. Dr Sue Jamison-Powell led a really interesting discussion about online friendships and we had fantastic input from attendees; providing us with insightful anecdata, asking fantastic questions and helping us cover a wide range of psychological topics. It was fantastic to have so many people providing us with insight about how they use this new technology and how it changes the way we manage relationships. Sue, Meg and myself were absolutely delighted with how the evening went and really appreciate your contribution to making this a success. We will add the presentation and any other notes of interest to the 'Documents' page and the book I mentioned on this topic can be found here:
We also appreciate your feedback. We recognise that the layout of the room isn't ideal and will work to improve on that, possibly moving into the main room in the future. We'll have more microphones at the next event so that more people can join in the discussion and we'll make sure we schedule a break! If you have any more feedback/suggestions for future topics please e-mail us or use the comments form on this website. You can do this anonymously by entering a single character into the name and e-mail fields.
The next session's details are on our Events page. Over the coming months we look forward to talks from Cal Cooper and a special guest discussing parapsychology and Dr Keon West from University of Leeds speaking to us about conflict and resolution. Check back for more details.

Not long now....

posted 24 Apr 2011, 01:49 by Pub Psychology Sheffield

The first event is less than a month away! Dr Sue Jamison-Powell will start off the discussion about social networking sites and friendships. 

We've got a great couple of sessions lined up, but please feel free to e-mail us at if you'd like to hear a talk on a particular topic.

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