Category Archives: Psychology

Exploring value in Aldi

I am part of the experimental art group Larks and Ravens and we recently ran a Big Draw event where we invited customers in a Bristol Aldi store to draw what they valued on the shop windows! It was a … Continue reading

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1000 footsteps, foraging & mere exposure

Last Saturday night, I attended the inaugural 1000 Footsteps pop up restaurant event. Adele Nozedar is a foraging guru and her partner, Liam Fitzpatrick a chef. Together they are creating unique meals where the vast majority of the ingredients have … Continue reading

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Living with Bert-the-Battery for 5 months

We’ve now had our Wattstor 6 kW battery (‘Bert’) for 5 months. The first chart shows our daily kWh averages and how they are changing as summer tails off into autumn.  Our daily average demand (red) has remained relatively consistent … Continue reading

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Is playing golf on a Friday afternoon such a bad thing?

Liam Fox recently told an audience of Tory activists that it’s the “duty” of our business leaders “to contribute to the prosperity of our country”. Instead, Fox complained, they are letting us down by choosing to play golf on Friday … Continue reading

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Simply touching money makes us less helpful

I’m working on a project with the artist group, Larks and Ravens, on the topic of money – what is it?, where did it come from? what’s it doing? And how on earth did we get to a point where … Continue reading

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Electric vehicles as storage – a psychologist’s view

“LONDON (UK) 10th May 2016: Automotive industry leader Nissan and multinational power company Enel, today confirmed plans to launch a major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial – the first ever carried out in the UK. The trial will work by installing and … Continue reading

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What does it mean “to know by heart”?

There’s an intriguing recent study showing that people’s sense of whether faces are familiar to them or not is affected by physiological signals from the heart. The experimental subjects were wired up to a heart monitor and during the facial … Continue reading

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An Experimental Mix of Birds, Psychology and Art

Background For the past year, I’ve been a member of the ‘Larks and Ravens‘, an experimental group of two artists and a psychologist. We’re exploring how to create visual contexts which trigger people into seeing their world differently for a … Continue reading

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Chaotic or coherent behaviour?

Many years ago, we did some collaborative research on ant behaviour with a delightful group from the University of Bath. The way it challenged our thinking about human behaviour has stayed with us ever since. This recent article provides a … Continue reading

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Research Report – Electric Vehicle Trial on Eigg

With their Eco Travel Network hats on, the Prospectors have issued a research report on the 3 month trial of their modified Rural Twizy on the Hebridean Isle of Eigg. You can read the full report here .They have now … Continue reading

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