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Can films give us a real insight into human psychology?

Psychology Cinema Monday 9 November 2015

The Department of Psychology is launching a new learning initiative that will use famous films as a starting point to discuss human psychology.

Starting on November 12th with a screening of Rain Man, each event will include a brief introduction, followed by a screening of the movie and a discussion with Psychology Department staff members and students, led by Dr Letizia Palumbo. All students and staff are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided prior to the screening. 

Rain Man is a critically acclaimed American drama directed by Barry Levinson and featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. The film won four Oscars at the 61st Academy Awards and the Golden Bear at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival in 1989.

Dr Palumbo said: “Rain Man played a significant role in providing the general public with an insight into the nature and certain behavioural manifestations of Autism Spectrum Disorder, along with the savant syndrome. Films are a great place to start discussions about human psychology. These sessions will look at both the successful depictions of human psychology in film, and also question some of the stereotypes that can appear.”

The series will start on 12th November 2015.  Each screening will take place on Thursday evenings (once a month) from 6 to 9 pm in the EDEN Building, room 036. For more information please contact palumbl@hope.ac.uk

 

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