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Another chance to ‘meet your brain’ with Bristol psychologist Professor Bruce Hood

Professor Bruce Hood delivering the 2011 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

Professor Bruce Hood delivering the 2011 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures courtesy of the Royal Institution

Press release issued: 20 January 2012

The 2011 Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures, delivered by University of Bristol psychologist Professor Bruce Hood, proved so popular that they will be rebroadcast on BBC Two from Tuesday 24 January.

The lectures were originally broadcast on BBC Four over the Christmas period and were watched by 2.4 million people.

The demonstration-packed, three-part series, entitled Meet Your Brain, was delivered in the iconic theatre at the Royal Institution and supported by the Wellcome Trust.

The lectures will air on BBC Two at 11.20pm on Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 January 2012. 

In the lectures, Professor Hood explores how our brains work and what makes us truly human.  He explains how we create our own versions of reality, what makes our brains decide what information to trust and what to ignore, and why we are programmed to read other people’s minds.

The first lecture asks What’s in your head?  The second lecture considers Who’s in charge here anyway? The third lecture wonders Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Professor Hood is the Director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre in the School of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol. He has been a research fellow at Cambridge University and University College London, a visiting scientist at MIT and a faculty professor at Harvard.

He was awarded an Alfred Sloan Fellowship in neuroscience, the Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Infancy Researchers, the Robert Fantz memorial award and recently voted to Fellowship status by the society of American Psychological Science.

The author of several popular science books including SuperSense: From religion to superstition - the brain science of belief and the forthcoming The Self Illusion: Why there is no you inside your head due out in 2012, his diverse research interests include the origins of supernatural beliefs, intuitive theory formation, object representation, spatial cognition, inhibitory control and general cognitive development.

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