Psyched! is a cabaret of cutting-edge science and audience participation which we premiered in Covent Garden last year.

It was playful, educational and very popular 😉

After a coronavirus break we'll be back in 2021 with shows at Bluedot and the Norwich Science Festival.

Psyched Season #1

Photo of a sculpted comic frog communicating disgust

You make me sick

Thu 24 Oct 2019

How can the sound of someone being sick make you gag – yet a painting with gory wounds and severed limbs can appear beautiful?

Photo of a sculpted comic frog communicating language

Blah blah blah

Thu 28 Nov 2019

Why did human language take millions of years to emerge, yet babies are born ‘language ready’?

Photo of a sculpted comic frog communicating lust

My friend fancies you

Thu 13 Feb 2020

What is the evolutionary origin of lust and what is its place in the modern world?

Photo of a sculpted comic frog communicating Sex differences

Let's talk about sex (differences)

Thu 26 Mar 2020

Slugs and snails and puppy dog's tails – or sugar and spice and everything nice?


Your hosts…

Dr Gillian Forrester
Dr Gillian Forrester

Dr Forrester keeps company with gorillas and small children, studying how our minds and behaviour have evolved.

She's an evolutionary psychologist and will show how our ancient genetic code gets us into trouble in the modern world. 

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Prof Catherine Loveday
Prof Catherine Loveday

Professor Loveday is a neuropsychologist who studies memory and music. She knows why the music from our teenage years stays with us forever.

She's written a guide to the brain, appeared on radio many times, and once took the stage at festival to explain why house music makes you feel good.

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Dr Natasha Kirkham
Dr Natasha Kirkham

Dr Kirkham studies how children learn – especially in the hurly-burly of the world outside the classroom.

She's interested in the contribution of the different senses to learning, and is a perfect fit for the multisensory world of Psyched!

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Dr Simon Green
Dr Simon Green

Dr Green is a famously popular psychology lecturer with an interest in anxiety, fear and drugs (among many other things).

He'll bring alternative perspectives and share anecdotes on the strangeness of being human.

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