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    Fourth Floor
  • Suggested duration
    content mins
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The Psychology exhibition marks the centenary of the British Psychological Society. Through an exciting range of objects, artworks, audiovisuals and an interactive it sets out the essential techniques that most psychologists use in their everyday practice.

The exhibition has three main themes. 'Solving puzzles' shows how psychologists have addressed a very difficult problem: just how does the mind work?

The 'Using tools' case explores the practical ways psychologists tackle problems in education, health and industry.

In the final case, called 'Telling stories', the psychologist is viewed as a storyteller. Central to this section are two stories involving W H Rivers, the psychologist famed for treating war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen using the then new methods of psychoanalysis – the so-called ‘talking cure’.

An additional case houses the recreated Biosignal Laboratory, which was developed by the famous British-based psychologist Hans Eysenck to help with his research into intelligence and personality.

On display

Lowenfeld Mosaics, 1999

These small plastic tiles are a recent version of the sets first produced by psychologist Margaret Lowenfeld in the 1930s.

The Visualisation of Cubes Test, 1983.

The Visualisation of Cubes Test, devised by the psychologist Colin Elliott in 1983. It was a subtest of the British Ability Scales, used to measure cognitive function in children aged 2-17 years.