Imagery in Action
  • Rolle Marquee, University of Plymouth

  • Entrance area, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth

Save event

People typically have the best intentions to act in a sustainable manner. Often, however, their actions do not keep up with their good intentions; people fall back into their old (unwanted) habits as soon as they are competing situational demands. 

Using hands-on demonstrations, posters and talks, participants explored how imagery – the ability to visualise events and behaviours – could be used to overcome this 'intention-behaviour-gap' and experienced the immediate effect of imagery on behaviour on their own bodies. 

In the Hypnosis booth, participants experienced that their body could be controlled by an outside voice. Chevreul’s Pendulum and the Automatograph work similarly to an Ouija board and revealed that even the simplest imaginations of movement immediately affects behaviour, eliciting subliminal body movements that seemingly happen outside the control of the participant. 

Finally, at the darts board, participants experimented to what extent different imagery strategies might help them to more effectively control their own actions, and posters and videos placed these experiences into a larger cultural context. 

Together, these experiences inspired the visitor to implement imagery strategies into their everyday life, helping them to align their behaviour more effectively with their intentions, improving not only sustainable behaviour but also the conversion of other long-term plans into action.

Biography: Dr Patric Bach

Patric was awarded his DPhil in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute in Munich Germany in 2004. He has previously held a research post at Bangor University, Wales, and is now lecturer in Psychology at University of Plymouth. He works at the intersection of social psychology and cognitive neuroscience. His interests range from unconscious imitation in social interaction, to how people can plan their own actions and understand those of others, and, recently, to how hypnosis and related effects can take control of (willing) participants’ bodies.

Previous November 2015 Next
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 1 2 3 4 5 6

Today's events

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. The University remains open with a safety-first approach to ensure our campuses are ‘covid-secure’ for our staff, students, local community and visitors, in accordance with government guidance.

University advice and guidance on COVID-19

Event photography and video

Please be aware that some of the University of Plymouth's public events (both online and offline) may be attended by University staff, photographers and videographers, for capturing content to be used in University online and offline marketing and promotional materials, for example webpages, brochures or leaflets. If you, or a member of your group, do not wish to be photographed or recorded, please let a member of staff know.