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Talk will start promptly at 6.00pm as we need to vacate the room by 7.20pm. You are welcome to arrive from 5.30pm :-) We are really pleased to be introducing our July #BrumPitP speaker: Dr Silvio Aldrovandi from the BCU Psychology team. On a daily basis we all make choices, many of them. How do people select between options? How stable are the preferences that drive human decision-making? In this talk, I will review findings from different areas of research and from a number of studies—including some of my own—about the relationship between people’s choices and the context in which they are made.
Please note: the venue doors open at 5.30, but the talk starts promptly at 6pm :-) We are excited to announce our next #BrumPitS is a talk on 'Not mushroom for fun? Neoliberalism, spirituality & magic mushroom use' by Dr James Thompson from the BCU Psychology department. Drawing from critical social psychology research this talk will explore the ways magic mushroom users construct how and why they consume psychoactive fungi, and the role of political discourses in how people make sense of psychedelic experiences. Psilocybin mushrooms have been in the media recently as a possible treatment for depression. However, as well as being a potential medication, magic mushrooms are also an illicit drug, a shamanic spiritual tool, and are historically associated with 20th century counter cultures. Surprisingly, magic mushrooms are also increasingly associated with wellness, self-improvement, and being a good ‘neoliberal citizen’. By exploring the multiple meanings of magic mushrooms we learn something interesting about how the spores of political ideas can fruit in unexpected places. This is a non-alcoholic venue but as with all of our events, everyone is welcome and it is also free to attend. Please be aware there is an honesty bar, so please bring change for your contribution if you'd like a drink. There is no venue-specific parking but is close to car parks and also close to both New Street and Moor Street train station.