Psychology department seminar series

Seminars in this series are given by leading experts in a wide range of psychology-related topics.

Academic Year 2022/23

Some talks are given by members of staff at Goldsmiths, while on other occasions, we are pleased to welcome external speakers.

There are four seminars per term, normally on a Thursday, 4-5pm. Dates and locations for the individual talks will be posted here and on the College Events page. 

Talks are free to attend and are open to all. There is no need to book in advance. For further information, please contact Hilary Norman (

Autumn term 2022

Identify, Prejudice and Denial
20 October 2022 Professor Keon West, Professor of Social Psychology and Director of EquaLab, Goldsmiths, University of London

Behavioural and Neural Signatures of Visual Body (mis)perception
3 November 2022
Dr Valentina Cazzato, Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience and Leader of the Body Image Lab at Liverpool John Moores University (UK)

Autism through the Lifespan
22 November 2022
Dr Rebecca Charlton, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Director of the GoldAge Lab, Goldsmiths, University of London and Carolien Torenvliet, University of Amsterdam

The Psychology of Ghosts and Hauntings
8 December 2022
Professor Chris French, Emeritus Professor and Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London

Spring term 2023

Sense of agency: what is it and why does it matter?

26 January 2023 4pm Online only
Dr James Moore, Reader in Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London
To join please use this link Dr James Moore Seminar Teams Link

Childhood trauma has long-term impacts on clinical disorder - a discussion of psychological mechanisms & some exploratory findings
9 February 2023 4pm
Professor Antonia Bifulco, Professor of Lifespan Psychology and Director of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS), Middlesex University

Movement and music in your head: Investigating imitation, motor and musical imagery in people with Parkinson’s disease
9 March 4pm, RHB304

Dr Ellen Poliakoff, Seminar Lecturer, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester

Curiosity: Explorations in Uncertainty

23 March 4pm, MMB220

Dr Hayley Jach, University of Tubingen

Summer Term 2023

Bystander intervention in cases of non-consensual sharing of nude images: Individual, situational, and contextual facilitators and barriers 

11 May 2023, 4pm, Room TBC

Dr Chelsea Mainwaring, Lecturer in Psychology, London Metropolitan University

The role of emotions in sustainability transitions

25 May 2023, 4pm, Room TBC

Professor Mari Martiskainen, Professor of Energy and Society, University of Sussex Business School