February 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
- This event is in Edinburgh
- You need to book a (free) ticket to attend
Embark on a thought-provoking journey as we delve into the intriguing realm of quirky beliefs and their unexpected connections to radical ideologies. In this eye-opening talk, we explore how seemingly innocuous ideas, like the belief in a flat Earth, can act as gateways to a labyrinth of more extreme conspiracy theories.
Join us as we unravel the mechanisms that propel individuals down the rabbit hole, tracing the path from seemingly harmless ideas to the adoption of radical beliefs. Gain insights into the slippery slope of conspiratorial thinking and discover the surprising connections that tie the seemingly unrelated threads of unconventional beliefs to the fabric of extremism. Are these beliefs merely eccentricities, or do they serve as indicators of a deeper vulnerability to radicalisation?
Have you ever admitted to something you didn’t do? How about confessing to a crime you didn’t commit? It’s surprisingly common for innocent people to confess to crimes they haven’t committed, and for juries, confessions trump most other forms of evidence. Though some people might voluntarily confess, others may succumb to investigative pressure, and some may even come to believe that they are guilty. From personality factors to lies, threats and torture, Dr Faye Skelton (Edinburgh Napier University) explores the psychology of false confessions.
Over the last decade she has worked on improving the recognition of facial composites (‘E-FITs’) of suspects using different software systems. Most recently she has been researching the impact of COVID-19 on the
justice voluntary sector and is currently leading a British Academy/Leverhulme funded project exploring experiences of miscarriages of justice.
BBC Witch Hunt: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07rn38z/episodes/downloads
Henry Otgaar – The Dark Side of False and Repressed Memories
In this talk, I will explain the relative ease by which false memories can be created, compare forensic and media-based false memories, and show the disastrous consequences they can have in the courtroom. Furthermore, I will show that some of these false memories are caused by a belief in the existence of one of the most controversial topics in psychological science: repressed memory
The Royal Society of Edinburgh supported network addresses the spread of false information by uniting scientific findings with policy makers to combat the misinformation pandemic. The network is made up of cognitive psychologists, computer scientists, cognitive scientists, and experts in cyber threat, immunology, behaviour change, journalism, politics and social media.
Prof. Dr. Henry Otgaar works as a research professor at the Leuven Institute of Criminology (KU Leuven) and as a professor of Legal Psychology at the section Forensic Psychology, Maastricht University. Furthermore, he is a visiting fellow at the City University London and the Center of Memory and the Law (London).
Prof. Dr. Otgaar’s research concentrates on developmental changes in memory from childhood to adulthood. Specifically, he is interested in factors that relate to the development of memory illusions. He collaborates with research groups in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Sweden, and North America.
All our events are free of charge but we will ask for a voluntary donation. Please note there are some steps in the venue so if you have motor difficulties, please let us know and we may be able to make other arrangements.