Keynotes 2014

Professor Francesca Happé, kindly sponsored by Hodder Education

We are delighted that Professor Francesca Happé has agreed to be our Friday keynote speaker.


Francesca Happé is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College London). She studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford, and did her PhD on autism at UCL. Her research interests centre on autism and Asperger Syndrome. She has conducted research into the nature of social understanding in typical development, and ‘mind-reading’ impairments in autism spectrum conditions. She is also actively engaged in studies of abilities and assets in people with autism, and their relation to detail-focused perceptual and cognitive style. As well as cognitive methods, her research involves functional imaging studies, exploration of acquired brain lesions and, most recently, behaviour genetic methods. She is the author of numerous research papers, and a book on autism for general readers. She won the Telegraph’s Young Science Writer award, and has taken part in many documentaries, as well as being the subject of a Channel 4 programme for schools. The British Psychological Society awarded her the Spearman Medal, and the Experimental Psychology Society named her as the recipient of the 7th EPS Prize. Her best known research within A-Level psychology is her Strange Situations research.

Twitter @HappeLab

(biographical details thanks to the IOP website)

Dr Alexa Hepburn & Professor Jonathan Potter, Loughborough University

“Rethinking emotion in psychology: Beyond physiology and constructionism”

Professor Jonathan Potter

Professor of Discourse Analysis, Dean of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences
BA, MSc, DPhil, Academy of Social Sciences, Honorary Fellow of Taos Institute


Professor Potter is currently studying child protection helpline interaction with an interest in practices such as giving advice, eliciting information, and managing distress. This work supports training and quality management in helplines, helping skilled practitioners to use their practices more strategically. He also studies family mealtimes with an applied focus on eating and health and a core interactional focus on how the matrix of actions such as offers, requests, directives and threats are organized together into a social psychological field.

Dr Alexa Hepburn

Reader in Conversation Analysis.
MA (Hons) PhD


Alexa Hepburn has published widely on issues of child protection and bullying in school situations, and on developments in discursive and critical psychology. She has delivered more than 40 invited talks and keynotes, and 23 workshops on interaction analysis in 7 different countries around the world. Her work ranges across family mealtimes, helplines and clinical and counselling encounters; her research into various interactional features of the NSPCC Helpline was awarded a Leverhulme fellowship. Her two books – An Introduction to Critical Social Psychology and Discursive research in Practice: New approaches to psychology and interaction – reflect a dual focus on developing greater methodological innovation in psychology, and on the construction of young people and their rights and competences. Recent work has developed a particular interest in emotion in interaction, in particular crying and its different styles of reception, and also orientations to, and displays of, asymmetries, rights and competences. She is currently co-authoring a book on Transcribing for Social Research, and delivering workshops for helpline practitioners.

Dr Ezio Rosato kindly sponsored by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)

“Rhythms of Life”


Dr Rosato was born in Italy and has a Laurea in Biology from the University of Padova (1990). He gained a PhD in Genetics from the University of Ferrara (1995).  He came to the UK in 1994 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Leicester University under the supervision of Prof Kyriacou (Genetics).  In 1998 he was awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship and became lecturer in the Department of Biology (Leicester). He moved back to Genetics in 2005 and was promoted to Reader in 2006. He is currently still at Leicester.  Dr Rosato’s current research includes investigating the importance of the role of the circadian clock to generate rhythmic behaviours, for instance the daily sleep-wake cycle.

Emeritus Professor Jim Horne (Director of the Sleep Research Centre, University of Loughborough)

“How much sleep do we really need? – there are (largely unwarranted) concerns about ‘sleep debt’ and that today’s adult society is chronically sleep deprived.”


Professor Jim Horne is interested in sleep, sleep loss, sleep function, qualification and quantification of sleepiness, circadian rhythms. As well as, driver sleepiness, accidents; neuropsychology of the frontal lobes and sleep need. He has appeared in many an A-level text book with his research and theories of sleep. His work and sometimes controversial views on sleep and driver sleepiness have been published extensively in scientific and medical literature.

He established and ran the Loughborough Sleep Research Centre (LSRC), which is well-known both nationally and internationally for its innovative work on sleep, and founded the ‘Journal of Sleep Research’ – the main publication of the European Sleep Research Society for which he was its Editor-in-Chief, until recently.

To find out more visit:   Twitter @ProfHorne