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BPS History of the Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series - Autumn term 2014

The British Psychological Society History of Psychology Centre in conjunction with UCL's Centre for the History of the Psychological Disciplines

Location: UCL Arts and Humanities Common Room (G24), Foster Court, Malet Place, London WC1E 7JG (map)*

Time: 6pm-7.30pm

Monday 22 September
Dr Allan Beveridge (Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline), 'Portrait of the Psychiatrist as a Young Man: The Early Writing and Work of RD Laing, 1927-1960 (read abstract)

Monday 6 October
Professor Roland Littlewood (UCL), 'The Advent of the Adversary: Negative Power in Certain Religio-Therapeutic Systems?' (read abstract)

Monday 10 November
Dr Alan Collins (Lancaster University), 'The right kind of remembering: 19th-century popular texts on memory training and the psychology of self-improvement' (read abstract)

Monday 24 November
Professor Joel Eigen (Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania). 'Medical Testimony and the Dynamics of Forensic Diagnosis at the Old Bailey, 1760-1913' (read abstract)

Monday 1 December
Dr Marcia Holmes (Birkbeck College), 'Performing Proficiency: Psychological Experiments on Man-Machine Systems in the United States, 1950-1965' (read abstract)

Further seminars tba



For more information contact Sonu Shamdasani at UCL (tel: 020 7679 8154; e-mail:

*Directions: From the Torrington Place entrance to UCL, enter the campus on Malet Place. After 50 metres, you will find Foster Court on the right-hand side. Turn right under the underpass, and enter via the second door on the right. The common room is straight ahead.

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