Bringing ideas to life

Psychologists are amongst the nominees for this year's Salon London Transmission Prize.

Psychologists are amongst the shortlisted nominees for this year’s Transmission Prize (, awarded by Salon London for the communication of ideas.

Launched in 2008, Salon showcases writers, academics passionate experts from the worlds of science, psychology and the arts with a focus on fresh perspectives and new experiences. Now in its fourth year, Salon’s Transmission prize celebrates the ideas that have caught the hearts, minds and hearts of UK audiences in 2015, with contenders drawn from the speakers Salon London has worked with at various events and festivals throughout the year. Previous winners have included writer and broadcaster Claudia Hammond for her psychological exploration of time, and Professor David Nutt for his honest look at the harm of all drugs.

This year’s nominees include Dr Catherine Loveday (University of Westminster, and the Chair of our Psychologist and Digest Editorial Advisory Committee), for explaining how the music we love is woven into our own narratives; and Dr Vicky Williamson (University of Sheffield) for her advocacy of the importance of music in understanding the brain.

The prize’s chair, author Margaret Heffernan, said: ‘The great thing about the Transmission Prize is that it draws attention to great communication — not just great writing, but also great talk, real rapport, zeitgeist and insight. It isn’t just about books but bringing ideas to life so that they spread. The shortlist represents a rich cross-section of the great ideas, writers, thinkers and communicators shaping our world today.’

The winner will be announced on 4 February 2016 at Foyles London. 

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