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Science Speakeasy: Mind Games

Special ticketed event
Adults (18+)
Thursday 18 July, 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Science Speakeasy on Mind Games. Animated lady sat on chair in sims style.

Video gaming is not just for children, with new government research revealing that more than half of British adults now game. 

But studies into the effect of gaming on our mental health have revealed contradictory findings. While certain research claims gaming is linked to depression and addiction, other studies have highlighted the value of gaming in providing a treatment for some mental health conditions. 

At this latest Science Speakeasy, a panel of experts will throw the spotlight on gaming and its links to mental health. 

The evening will also explore online identities and whether we can bridge the gap between virtual and real worlds, opening up new frontiers for human interaction and innovation. 

Terms and conditions

Exploring the links between gaming and mental health

Ticket prices

Adult (aged 18 and over) £10.00
Carer (please bring proof) FREE

The conversations at Speakeasy events are shaped by audience interaction, but we expect the discussion to cover:

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When we escape into game worlds, what impact does it have on our minds?

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Can gaming provide a safe place for anxious people to practice failure without consequences?

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Is there any real evidence that violent video games make people more aggressive in the real world?

Confirmed panellists (more to be announced)

Alistair Ford

Dr Alistair Ford (Chair)

Alistair is a lecturer in Geospatial Engineering at Newcastle University, using mapping data and computer models to explore sustainable and resilience cities. He’s particularly interested in the way that land-use and transport planning can be used to adapt our urban areas to climate change. He loves chairing the Science Speakeasy events because he gets to have fascinating discussions with knowledgeable people about subjects he knows nothing about! Alistair’s twitter.

About our Science Speakeasy events...

This adult event is part of Life’s Science Speakeasy programme – a series in which important and often controversial topics are debated in a quirky and informal way. No topic is taboo, so these events are not suitable for anyone who is easily offended!

We do, however, ensure that all discussion is based on correct science to avoid the spread of misinformation.

Questions to the panel are encouraged, or you can just sit back and enjoy the event. Limited tickets available. Pay bar available on the evening.

So join us under Gaia – our mesmerising 7 metre recreation of Earth – for a fun evening of lively debate.

‘The speakers were excellent and their collective knowledge of the topic was great. The debate was lively and interesting- enough to keep a non-science novice engaged. The atmosphere was relaxed and there were plenty of opportunities to ask questions.’

‘A very enjoyable event in a relaxed atmosphere. A well informed debate from very knowledgeable guests covering separate but related areas of expertise, without getting too “heavy”. A wide range of audience members provided a number of interesting questions.

‘The whole setup is excellent, and it’s lovely to be able to enjoy a night out that is original and not just another sweaty bar or expensive restaurant. It’s nice to connect with culture and knowledge.’

Getting here

Life is located in Times Square, just a two minute walk from Newcastle Central train and Metro station.

Driving? Times Square Car Park is just around the corner. The sat nav reference for the car park is NE1 4AD (opposite Jurys Inn hotel). Look out for Centre for Life and/or Times Square Car Park signage to direct you.

Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP

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