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Dr. Laurie Santos – Psychology and the Good Life – Monday 8th June, 16.00 BST

Dr. Laurie Santos is Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University. Dr. Santos is an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices. Her course, “Psychology and the Good Life,” teaches students how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. It recently became Yale’s most popular course in over 300 years, and has been featured in numerous news outlets including the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, GQ Magazine, Slate and O! Magazine. A winner of numerous awards both for her science and teaching, she was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds, and was named in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.”

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Robin Ince – Happiness in the world of science: a comic’s perspective – Thursday 11th June, 18.00 BST

Robin Ince is a man of many talents: A comedian, an author, a broadcaster. He is probably most well known as the co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s award winning science podcast, The Infinite Monkey Cage. An enthusiast rather than a specialist, Robin has created a variety of events celebrating the written word, science and philosophy. ​ He will be talking about his journey from being first inspired into pondering the big questions of the universe by the iconic Carl Sagan, to his path into the comedy scene and onto his role as a populariser of scientific ideas. Robin will also be giving his unique perspective on happiness and mental health in the world of comedy and science.​

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Paul Bloom – Pleasure, Suffering, and the Good Life – Thursday 16th June, 16.00 BST

Professor Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University. His research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with special focus on language, morality, religion, fiction, and art. He will be talking about the relationship between pleasure, suffering, and the good life. Following a lot of psychologists and philosophers, he argues that we are not natural hedonists, nor should we be. Rather, a good life involves purposeful suffering and deprivation.

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Emil Fristed – Rapid Test for COVID-19: Cough Recordings – Thursday 16th June, 17.00 BST (co-hosted with Oxford University Pharmacology Society)

Emil Fristed is an Oxford-trained computational neuroscientist. He’s a recognised social entrepreneur, including a Leading for Impact Fellow with the Skoll Centre in Oxford, and selected as one of 100 global biotech Leaders of Tomorrow. He is the CEO & Co-founder of Novoic, a digital biotechnology company based in London. Novoic assesses brain and respiratory health from the way you speak. The research team uses recent breakthroughs in deep audio and natural language processing, to accelerate decades of academic research in audio processing, linguistics, and neurological diseases. The outcome is the identification of fine patterns in voice recordings that are associated with a multitude of neurological conditions and respiratory illnesses. They aim to democratise health assessment, by making it as easy as having a conversation.

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