Last night we attended the Sound and Music late event at the Museum of Science and Industry. The event was a great success and was sold out with over 450 people attending.
Dr Michelle Phillips (RNCM) and I (Dr Luke Jones) both gave a talk, along with Peter Saville (founder of Factory Records). We ran two experiments, one examining how the nature of different types of music affect people's perception of duration (people listened to different versions of a unique piece of music that we had commissioned and estimated their durations) , the other experiment examined people's mental imagery for time, we asked people to draw their mental representation of a year, a month, a day and and week. We gave out business cards advertising the lab, and will be posting the results on here in a few weeks time for people to see.
It was really valuable to collect data from a wider population than just undergraduate students, and was a great opportunity to chat to the public and promote our time perception lab, research at the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology and the University of Manchester in general.
On Wednesday 15th March 2017 we will be contributing to an evening public engagement event at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester. Full details of the event (which includes a talk by founder of Factory Records, Peter Saville and a silent disco) can be found here. Our lab director Dr Luke Jones and our research collaborator Dr Michelle Phillips from the Royal Northern College of Music will be giving a talk, and running two experiments. One experiment will explore how certain parameters of a piece of music affects people perception of its durations. The second experiment will examine people's mental imagery for days, week and months of the year. We will not disclose too many details at this point, but will publish a full report on this blog after the event.