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In a world without jobs, how do we prosper?

The concept of a universal basic income (if a way can be found to achieve it) could help address a combination of problems. It would replace the administratively complex, expensive and psychologically debilitating benefits system. It would avoid people doing … Continue reading

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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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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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Psychology of car driving – does enjoyment depend on price?

Do people enjoy driving expensive, luxury cars significantly more than cheaper, more functional versions? Research shows that people imagine they will do so and report that they do enjoy it more if asked about their driving in general. The reported … Continue reading

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Can our bodies change our minds?

Raise your arms high above your head and your testosterone levels will rise and make you more likely to take risks…. Wash your hands and you will rate yourself as less guilty… Hold a pen in your teeth (using the … Continue reading

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Twizyology 4 – Low energy travel – a different way of thinking

We own a Renault Twizy and operate a small hire fleet of them via the Eco Travel Network here in the Brecon Beacons. Apart from being great fun to drive and a fabulous way to enjoy the hills and lanes … Continue reading

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