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Researchers go to the heart of the Science Museum

Posted on 07/05/2013

Visitors will be able to take part in a live experiment

From now until Saturday 13 July, scientists from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway will be offering the public a chance to take part in a live science experiment at the Science Museum in London.

Focused on how accurately visitors can count their own heartbeat, the experiments will examine what effect awareness of what’s happening inside our bodies can have on a variety of different emotions. This will include how we see things from other people’s perspectives, how we regulate our own emotions, how we understand the thoughts and feelings of others and how we see the world around us.

Leading the team, Dr Manos Tsakiris from Royal Holloway said: “People vary considerably in how accurately they can count their heartbeats. This ability has been linked to many different areas of emotional experience. For example, people who are more aware of their inner bodies have been found to experience emotions more intensely. 

“We are excited to take our experiments to the Science Museum and offer visitors the chance to see our research in action.”

Corrinne Burns, Live Science Co-ordinator at the Science Museum said: “We thrive on engaging visitors in the latest contemporary science issues and are delighted to welcome the team from Royal Holloway to the museum for this fascinating experiment. These live experiments allow visitors to meet the experts and get involved in cutting-edge research which has an impact upon us all.”

The experiments will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 1 May to 5 June and from 19 June to 13 July 2013 in the 'Who am I?' gallery on the first floor of the Science Museum. The experiments are free and open to all visitors and no booking is required. 

The project forms part of the Science Museum’s Live Science offering – an ongoing programme which allows visitors to take part in scientific research conducted by visiting institutions.

More information can be found here


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