IP in the Media

Wednesday 14 January 2015

Professor Barry C Smith, Director of the Institute of Philosophy (IP) and Jane Winters, Professor of digital history and head of digital publications at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), have been interviewed by the Times Higher Education magazine. The article pointed out that with the appointment of new professors in both digital history and digital humanities, SAS has ‘underlined its commitment to digital research.’ It appears online (School of Advanced Study reaffirms commitment to digital research) and in the print editon (Clear signal of switch to digital) of THE.

Read the full article online 

Professor Barry C Smith, Director of the Institute of Philosophy, has been quoted in the Guardian and the Mail on Sunday. In the Guardian article, ‘The truth about alcohol, from gin tears to champagne hangovers’, Professor Smith said not only is there evidence that the bubbles in champagne can cause you to get drunk quicker, enjoyment is affected by music. While in the Mail on Sunday, he explained that some people love the smell of petrol while others hate it because, ‘We’re not born with an automatic like or dislike of smells – we learn to have a negative or positive reaction to them based on memories they hold for us. Smell is connected to the part of the brain responsible for memory and emotion. Some people may like the smell of petrol as it reminds them of going on an exciting journey. For others, it could bring back bad memories.’

Read the Guardian article in full

Read the Mail on Sunday article in full

Dr Ophelia Deroy, associate director of the Institute of Philosophy has featured on BBC Radio Five’s The Naked Scientists talking about the science of the perfect Christmas dinner. Listen to Dr Deroy revealing how to trick those who hate Brussels sprouts into liking the classic Christmas side dish. The podcast is available here.