How do Humans Work? A Taster in Psychology


How do humans work? Why and how are we different, and yet similar? How can we interpret the differences between us? How do we see, interpret and interact together? This weekend includes four themes: Memory, Social interaction, Personality, and Positive Psychology.

This weekend school begins by looking at cognitive processing: our attention, memory and recollection are part of one system, and we will see some examples of how this system can be fooled! We investigate several models of memory and show how each of them can explain memory performance effects

Our second theme looks at humans in social situations, where we will see how subtle processes such as peer pressure and majority influence have big effects on our behaviour -in ways which may be unconscious.

The third theme introduces students to the study of Personality: how are we all different? What effects does that produce on our behaviour? – A light-hearted look at how these differences play out in real situations and some tips on how to get along!

Finally we will introduce the new science of Positive Psychology, and why changing your world view using a few simple steps can lead to increased happiness and wellbeing.

Programme details

Thursday 2 December 2021

10.00am  How do Humans work? Information processing and a view of the world.

11.15am  Break for coffee/tea

11.30am  Social Psychology, behaviour in groups

1.00pm  Course ends for the day

Friday 3 December 2021

10.00am  Personality

11.15am  Break for coffee/tea

11.30am  Positive Psychology 

1.00pm  Course ends


Description Costs
Standard course fee £80.00


Dr Jane Pollock


Independent Consultant and Researcher

Jane is a Chartered Psychologist, an Independent Consultant in Organisational Psychology, and a tutor and lecturer in Psychology and Statistics. She has a history of highly successful courses in both Psychology and Business streams, and takes a practical approach to a subject crucial to the success of people in Organisations.

IT requirements

The University of Oxford uses Microsoft Teams for our learning environment, where students and tutors will discuss and interact in real time. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

If you have not used the Microsoft Teams app before, once you click the joining link you will be invited to download it (this is free). Once you have downloaded the app, please test before the start of your course. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, you will also be offered the option of connecting using a web browser. If you connect via a web browser, Chrome is recommended.