FUTURE EVENTS

speak upSPEAKING SKEPTICALLY: OPEN MIC NIGHT

When: Tuesday, August 4th 7:30pm
WhereThe Westgate

Is there a subject close to your heart that you want to share with a like minded audience? Are you studying something that you think others would find interesting? Is there something happening in the world that you think others should know about?

Take part in our Speaking Skeptically Open Mic Night and use a 15 minute slots to speak your mind!

Confirmed speakers:

Hayley Stevens Who You Gonna Call? A Lawyer!
A look at the legality of renting out a haunted house
Charlie Williams Tips for the ethical time traveler
A look at causality, logic, and possibility
Andrew Endersby The reality of Remote Viewing
An introduction to the ride of research into remote viewing and the reality behind it

If you want to deliver a talk fill in the application form here or email bathskeptics[at]gmail[dot]com


 

 paulinaSOCIAL MEDIA AND GROUP POLARISATON

Who: Paulina Wegrzynek
When: Tuesday, September 8th 7:30pm
WhereThe Westgate

Computer-mediated communication and social media have become a pervasive phenomenon in today’s society. People use social media as a platform for social expression and a tool for social change. Most recently, it has been argued that the accessibility and the mobility of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter mediated the crowd into participation in the 2011 English riots, the Occupy protests, and the “Arab Spring”. However, research into the social concepts of group decision making and group polarisation in the context of modern communication strategies is lacking. This talk will provide an overview of a recent study addressing this topic and discuss its findings and implications.

Paulina Wegrzynek is a research assistant in psychology and a postgraduate neuropsychology student at Bath Spa University. Her research interests and current work focus on social media and group decision making, employee well-being, and a link between depression and inflammation.

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