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Opening Psychology for Changing Times

Monday, June 28, 2021 - 09:30 to Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 18:30
Online. The event is free

Located in the School of Psychology & Counselling within The Open University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), the Open Psychology Research Centre is inviting you to its launch event. This online launch event will span June 28th to July 6th. You are welcome to attend the whole event or to choose the parts that particularly interest you. More information on the speakers and panels, as well as pre-launch activities involving prominent psychologists will be available on the new Centre website soon.

Register here NOTE: Once registered, you will receive the access links to the sessions nearer to the event.

Programme NOTE: The full schedule of all talks and more can be found in the event Programme.

Speakers from The Open University's School of Psychology & Counselling (June 28th to July 2nd)

Professor Peter Hegarty:
Re-Imagining Group Differences in Scientific Psychology

Professor Paul Stenner:
The Experience of Time in Pandemics and Beyond: Views from an Open Psychology

Dr Karen Hagan
Critical and Discursive Psychological Approaches to Bullying

Dr David Kaposi
Beyond Milgram: Towards a Theory of Implicit Violence

Professor Stephanie Taylor:
A Positive Legacy? Creative Subjectivities in the Wake of the Pandemic

Dr Lee Curley
Informing Reform: Does the Not Proven Verdict Have a Place in a Modern Courtroom?

Dr Gina Di Malta
Client Perspectives on Preferences in Psychotherapy: A Consensual Qualitative Research study

Professor John Dixon:
Captive Geographies: Places, Identities and the ‘Time-Geography’ of Sectarian Segregation in Belfast

Dr Sandra Obradovic
Past, Present and Future: How We Use History to Make Sense of Politics

Dr Kesi Mahendran
Can the Public Rule the World? From Personal Narratives to Transglobal Public Dialogue on Human Mobility

Professor Sarah Crafter:
Contestation at the Borderlands Between Migration, Childhood and Care: An Exploration of Child Language Brokers and Lone Child Migrants

Professor Darren Langdridge:
Stories of Sexual Citizenship: Conviction and Critique

Professor Graham Pike:
Harmful Evidence and Evidencing Harm in the Criminal Justice System

Dr Gemma Briggs
Mobile Phone Use by Drivers: What We Know, and How to Share Such Inconvenient Truths

Dr Andreas Vossler / Dr Naomi Moller jointly with Dr Felicitas Rost (Society for Psychotherapy Research) and Dr Clare Symons (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy): 
Symposium - Using Research to Impact Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice and Mental Health Policy

The Official Launch with External Keynote Speakers (July 6th)

Professor Ann Phoenix (University College, London), Energetic Openings: Intersectional Psychology and Social Justice Trajectories

Dr Johanna Motzkau: Discussion

Dr Jovan Byford: Discussion

Professor Helen Spandler (University of Central Lancashire), The Politics of Mental Health: Taking Experiential Knowledge Seriously

Dr Simon Clarke: Discussion

Dr Laura McGrath: Discussion

Professor Laurence Alison (University of Liverpool), Revenge vs Rapport in Securing Information from High Value Detainees

Dr Zoe Walkington: Discussion

Dr Jim Turner: Discussion

Open Psychology Prelude: Professors Sonia Livingstone & Paul Stenner discuss the Psychology of Media

Description: Professor Sonia Livingstone (OBE, and Professor of Social Psychology at LSE) discusses her work on the Psychology of Media with Professor Paul Stenner (Co-Director of the Open Psychology Research Centre at the Open University). Giving a rare glimpse of her personal journey into researching media psychology, Sonia Livingstone explains her motivations for studying how young people use social media, and shares some of her insights into the dilemmas we all face in today's mediatised world. Anticipating the launch of the Open Psychology Research Centre, they also touch upon what it might mean for psychology to be an open field, sensitive to the futures of young people.

On being open – Dr David Kaposi in conversation with Professor Peter Fonagy

Description: In this video, David Kaposi asks Professor Peter Fonagy about openness, in relation to psychoanalysis, mentalisation and mentalisation-based therapy, and trust. As Professor Fonagy engages with these issues, openness becomes more than a concept to talk about: a deeply felt need, a fragile yet powerful state of mind, or, even, the tone of a conversation.

Professor Cathy Mondloch & Dr Sarah Laurence discuss the Psychology of Face Perception

Description: Professor Cathy Mondloch (Professor of Psychology at Brock University, Canada) discusses her work on face perception with Dr Sarah Laurence (Lecturer at The Open University). Cathy Mondloch explains the latest developments in the field, including the crucial role that experience plays in our ability to recognise faces.

Applying psychology: Dr Lara Frumkin in conversation with Professor Andrew Silke

Description: In this video, Professor Andrew Silke (Professor of Terrorism, Risk and Resilience) discusses his work on counterterrorism. He speaks with Dr. Lara Frumkin on how his research was initially in a fringe area for psychologists and how when working with government, Andrew focused more on organised crime than counterterrorism. The transition of radicalisation and counterterrorism from the sidelines of academic research and government work to a core topic occurred rapidly. For Andrew, developing an understanding of how to work with government by applying and being open to using psychological research in an action oriented sphere defines much of his work.

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