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University of Melbourne, Masson Rd

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The PsychTalks Great Debate

Some say that leaders and hierarchies are fundamental for humans to live. As children, our parents or guardians teach us right from wrong, and our teachers educate us in times tables and teamwork.

As we grow up, we seek out leaders to ensure teams operate effectively. Democratic leaders seek input from team members and gifted leaders ensure everybody flourishes. A world without leaders could be chaotic, right?

But then there are authoritarian style leaders, Michael Scott-style leaders, cult leaders, and interesting choices in heads of Government, such as the Donald Trumps of the world. Sometimes you have to wonder, do we need leaders at all?

Join us as we call on our most emphatically opinionated psychology academics to tear apart our notions of the necessity of leadership, and their opponents painstaking arguments. There might be costumes, there could be jobs at risk, but we assure you there will be laughs.


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Mr Simon Taylor, Comedian and alumni of the University of Melbourne

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Dr Katie Greenaway, Lecturer
Katie’s research focuses on social functioning in three main domains: identity processes, emotion regulation, and human agency. Katie aims to understand the formation and consequences of social connections between people.

Dr Simon Lilburn, Academic
Simon's research examines the way that information is stored within the visual perceptual system and the ways that this information can be used to make decisions. He uses mathematical models of representations and decision making in trying to understand how we construct our sensory world.

Professor Kim Felmingham, Academic
Kim conducts research examining neurobiological and psychophysiological mechanisms underlying Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and examines the role of sex and stress hormones in fear extinction, memory consolidation and attentional processes.

Associate Professor Amy Jordan, Academic
Amy researches the function of sleep and sleep apnoea, focussing on sleep related control of the upper airway muscles and the consequences of poor sleep.

Dr Simon De Deyne, Academic
Simon is interested in how the mind structures the world around us, in particular he is interested in how concepts and the meaning of words are represented.

Dr Isabel Krug, Academic
Isabel is particularly interested in eating disorders, body disatisfaction and understanding the myriad of ways that physical appearance impacts our everyday lives.

This event will be delivered in accessible language.

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