Keynote Speakers Lincoln 2008

Below are the Keynote Speakers from the ATP conference held at the University of Lincoln in 2008.

Dr. Susan Blackmore


Sue Blackmore is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She has a degree in psychology and physiology from Oxford University (1973) and a PhD in parapsychology from the University of Surrey (1980). Her research interests include memes, evolutionary theory, consciousness, and meditation. She practices Zen and campaigns for drug legalization.

She writes for several magazines and newspapers, a blog for the Guardian newspaper and is a frequent contributor and presenter on radio and television. She is author of over sixty academic articles, about forty book contributions, and many book reviews. Her books include Beyond the Body (1982), Dying to Live (on near-death experiences, 1993), In Search of the Light (autobiography, 1996), and Test Your Psychic Powers (with Adam Hart-Davis, 1997). The Meme Machine (1999) has been translated into 13 other languages. Her textbook Consciousness: An Introduction was published in June 2003 (Hodder UK, OUP New York), and A Very Short Introduction to Consciousness in 2005 (OUP). Her latest book is Conversations on Consciousness (November 2005 OUP Oxford).


Professor Mark Griffiths


Professor Griffiths is a Chartered Psychologist and the Director of the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University. His teaching interests mainly lie in social, health and clinical psychology and he currently teaches on a number of specialist modules relating to his research interests including addictive behaviours, cyberpsychology, sexual behaviour, and gambling. Professor Griffiths also engages in a lot of international consultancy work particularly with gaming companies in the area of social responsibility. He also does a lot of freelance journalism and has had a number of regular columns over the last decade. He has appeared on over 1,500 radio and television programmes talking about his specialist research areas.

Professor Griffiths has published in a wide range of areas over the last 20 years. He has published over 175 refereed journal papers, two books, 35+ book chapters and over 500 other articles. His main research interests are in the areas of gambling and behavioural addictions. His main areas are:
• Social science of gambling and gambling addictions
• Psychology of video gaming (including video game addiction)
• CyberPsychology and behaviour (including Internet addiction)
• Behavioural addictions (including addictions to exercise and sex)
• Learning and teaching in higher education

Professor Griffiths has extensive consultancy experience and has provided his expertise to numerous gaming companies around the world.


Professor Paul Harris


Paul Harris is a developmental psychologist with interests in the development of cognition, emotion and imagination. After studying psychology at Sussex and Oxford, he taught at the University of Lancaster, the Free University of Amsterdam and the London School of Economics. In 1980, he moved to Oxford where he was Professor of Developmental Psychology and Fellow of St John’s College. In 2001, he migrated to Harvard where he holds the Victor S. Thomas Professorship of Education. He is a fellow of the British Academy and of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. For 2006-2007, he received a Guggenheim award. His latest book: ‘The work of the imagination’ appeared in 2000. (Blackwell).

Currently, he is studying whether children rely on their own first-hand observation or alternatively trust what other people tell them – especially when they confront a domain of knowledge in which first-hand observation is difficult. For example, many aspects of history, science and religion concern events that children cannot easily observe for themselves. How far do children believe what they are told about these domains? When and how do they become aware of the conflicting claims made by science as compared to religion?


Dr. Tom Stafford


Tom Stafford is a cognitive neuroscientist with the Adaptive Behaviour Research Group in the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield.

He is co-author of the bestselling popular science book Mind Hacks – Tips and Tricks for Using Your Brain (November 2004, O’Reilly), a collection of do-it-at-home demonstrations which illustrate how your brain works. It has been translated in 7 languages and reviewed by, amongst others, The Guardian (see below) and New Scientist.

The authors have compiled a fascinating “collection of probes into the moment-by-moment works of the brain” … Mind Hacks allows you to test the theories of neuroscience on your own grey matter. If you’ve always wanted to get closer to your cerebellum but never plucked up the courage to take that DIY neurosurgery course, this is the book for you.” – The Guardian

The website, , is an award-winning group weblog focussed around the material in the book and psychology research news. It won a 2005 Scientific American Science & Technology Web Awards, is regularly featured in lists of the most highly ranked science blogs and is read daily by thousands of internet users.