The Vox Lab discussions: a series of free public conversations between leading scientists and writers, artists and poets exploring different aspects of the voice.
Tuesday 24 April 2012, 6.30-7.30 pm
The Court Room, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Have you ever formed an image of someone you’ve heard on the radio, and then been surprised when you saw what they actually looked like? Why do we notice other people’s accents, but not our own? Join writer Steven Connor and neuroscientist Sophie Scott for a discussion about voices and bodies.
Saturday 5 May 2012, 3-4 pm
The Keynes Library, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
We recognize laughs, screams and sobs in another language, but can we spot more subtle emotional signs in the voice of someone from a radically different culture? Is there a gap between how we read emotions on people’s faces and how we express them in our language? Poet Denise Riley and psychologist Disa Sauter discuss voices and emotions.
Friday 11 May 2012, 7-8 pm
Artsadmin Café, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB
Is our inner voice a private dialogue, and what might this tell us about how we think? How does it develop, and why are voices so evocative and powerful? Psychologist and novelist Charles Fernyhough and film-maker Shona Illingworth discuss these questions, and how sounds and voices affect our memories and our sense of self.
Further details and directions to all the events can be found at www.thevoxlab.org
These conversations are part of the Vox Lab, a poetry residency at UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. The Vox Lab is funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award with support from the London Consortium.