Psychology at Latitude Festival 2016

We take a look at some highlights from the programme at this month's event.

If you're heading to Latitude Festival later this month, you'll find a dizzying array of acts spread across numerous stages. If you're particularly drawn to the psychological content, maybe you'll find our brief summary of use.

Of course, your priority will be our own session, on Saturday afternoon in the Wellcome Trust hub. Following last year's successful appearance, we're very much looking forward to returning. Our editor Dr Jon Sutton will be hosting Loughborough University's Professor Elizabeth Stokoe on 'How to talk so people listen'. 

In fact, you may want to settle down in a corner of the Wellcome Trust hub for much of the weekend. There you can also hear Dr Ben Fincham and clinical psychologist Dr Bree Macdonald on the sociology and psychology of fun; neuroscientist Dr James Kilner on the science of 'selfies' with digital artist and performer Meg Mosley; neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology Carsten de Dreu in discussion with author Stuart Evers and journalist Jo Griffin on 'being lonely'; Professor Paul Howard-Jones in conversation with Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on the Science and Evolution of Learning;  Professor Arthur I. Miller and Dr Robert E. Smith on artificial intelligence; Dr Dean Burnett and Robin Ince discussing 'the idiot brain'; Science Gallery London on pain; Jo Marchant on the science of mind over body; Dr Molly Crockett and Dr Tim Lewens talking about the biology of morality.

If that little lot leaves you with any window in your schedule, why not head over to the Literature Arena, where the fantastic line up includes Professor Chris French on the 'dark side' of 'love thy neighbour'; a Wellcome Book Trust prize session including Alex Pheby and Suzanne O'Sullivan; and 'the porn perspective' with contributors including Dr Suzi Gage. 

You will find hundreds more acts across stages featuring music, theatre, film, poetry, cabaret, dance, storytelling and much more. Tickets are still available for the event, which takes place from 14-17 July near Southwold, Suffolk. Once you've had your fill of psychology, see you down the front for New Order (and their psychological meditations on lost love?).

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