Rethinking the Senses (Public Engagement Case Study – Dr Merle Fairhurst)

To mark the launch of our call for applications for the first SAS/Senate House Library ‘Public Engagement Innovators Scheme’, we asked some staff from across the School about their experiences of public engagement and how it has influenced their research and professional practice. In this second post Dr Merle Fairhurst, research fellow in the Institute… Continue reading Rethinking the Senses (Public Engagement Case Study – Dr Merle Fairhurst)

#PotW: CenSes Seminar on Multisensory Perception and Action: Embodiment in perception and language – 11 December

In the Research Unit in Cognitive and Affective Sciences, we have recently performed a series of psychophysical and brain imaging studies together with neuropsychological investigations of brain-lesioned patients to demonstrate that perception is to be considered as an active process that requires combining sensory signals with information from the body and the action system. The influence of… Continue reading #PotW: CenSes Seminar on Multisensory Perception and Action: Embodiment in perception and language – 11 December

PoTW – Aesthetic Adjectives and Disagreements about Taste

This workshop will bring together researchers in aesthetics, philosophy of language and linguistics to consider a topic significant to all these domains: aesthetic adjectives, such as ‘beautiful’, ‘ugly’, ‘elegant’ and ‘unified’, and their role in disagreements about taste. Although theorists working on the semantics of adjectives have developed sophisticated theories about gradable adjectives generally and… Continue reading PoTW – Aesthetic Adjectives and Disagreements about Taste

Project Launch – What’s so special about the Human Mind?

The Human Mind Project will launch on 12 December 2013 with a FREE public panel session entitled ‘What’s so special about the Human Mind?’.  At the School of Advanced Study we are delighted that this important, international, and interdisciplinary project will be launched right here at Senate House by our Institute of Philosophy.    How does the human mind… Continue reading Project Launch – What’s so special about the Human Mind?

The SAS Annual Review – Heston Blumenthal explores our senses

Next month the School of Advanced Study will award Heston Blumenthal the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa, in recognition of his pioneering research and achievements.  For this year’s Annual Review (published next week) we talked to the innovative chef about his multi-sensory approach to cooking. Heston Blumenthal is well known for his television appearances, cookbooks, and… Continue reading The SAS Annual Review – Heston Blumenthal explores our senses