Thursday, 12 December 2013

Hertfordshire psychologist reviews psychology exhibition on BBC Radio 3Night Waves

The new “Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology” exhibition, based at the Science Museum, was reviewed on BBC Radio 3 Night Waves programme.  Keith Laws, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Hertfordshire was invited to join the show hosted by Philip Dodd and give his expert review of the new exhibition.

The exhibition, supported and set up by the British Psychological Society (BPS), explores how mental health conditions have been diagnosed and treated over the past 250 years – looking at key breakthroughs in scientists’ understanding of the mind and the tools and methods of treatment that have been developed.

During the Night Waves programme, Keith described how it was a great exhibition which was more about the technology and tools that were used to apply electrical and magnetic stimulation to various parts of people’s brains, rather than about people’s experience of the various therapies.  It tries to convey the notion that we are more humane in our treatments.  Towards the end of the exhibition, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and the idea of avatar therapy is introduced which is more about engaging with the person undergoing treatment and less about doing things to the person.

The “Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology” exhibition, opened yesterday (10 December 2013) and runs until 12 June 2014 at the Science Museum in London.

Listen to Professor Keith Laws on Night Waves here.

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