Salon XLI

Thursday 18th July 2013

What Defines Me? Neuroscience or Sex. Latitude 2013.

So when Latitude asked ‘what defines us, science or primal instincts?’, we pulled over a leopard-skin chair, placed one of our manicured hands on their taut thighs and said, ‘well, haven’t you come to the right place?’ So began a creative cultural curation by Salon London for Latitude 2013 to examine if we are just a slave to our dominant neural pathways, or bundle of sexual neuroses that would sleep with our grannies if we thought no one would find out. 

So in the Literary Arena on the Friday afternoon at 2:30pm we are running our first Salon with Latitude about the brain.  First we delving deep in to the grey matter literally with Suzy Lishman the Vice President of the Royal College of Pathologists who is will conduct the world’s first virtual brain autopsy LIVE to see what’s hiding in there.  Following Suzy in our brain theme Salon we have famed classicist Natalie Haynes who’s going to be taking us back to the time of the ancients. She will delve deep in to the centuries before psychology to see how we coped before we worked out blaming our parents was the answer.  Finally, we have the QI writer and only Salon speaker we’ve ever seen mobbed Stevyn Colgan who will be showing joined up thinking in action taking 10 shouted out things from the audience and finding ways to link them together.

On Saturday morning in the Literary Salon, we’ll be hosting our inaugural Breakfast with Salon London in which we invite you to croissants and coffee with Professor of Psychology Kevin Dutton and world-renowned neuro-scientist Elaine Fox.  We will enter in to their worlds to work out whether our natural inclination in this work is as a Playmate or a Psychopath.  Elaine’s decade of work culminating in the revolutionary read ‘Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain’ explains the idea that if we change our behaviour, we can change who we are, and Kevin Dutton’s work ‘The Wisdom of Psychopaths’ lets you love your inner psychopath, even put it hard at work to make you healthier, wealthier and wiser.  

On Saturday afternoon at 2pm international, neuro-scientist bigwig Ian Robertson will appear at the Literary Salon to introduce our crowd to ‘The Winner Effect’.  Success it seems changes the chemistry of the brain, making us more focused, smarter, more confident and more aggressive and the more you win, the more it will keep happening. But the downside is that winning can become physically addictive. By understanding what the mental and physical changes are that take place in the brain of a 'winner', how they happen, and why they affect some people more than others, Ian also answers the question of why some people attain and then handle success better than others.

Habitual winners, like the Salon audience can add up to four years to their life expectancy so what better reason to try Salon’s positive mental Latitude. 


  • Ian Robertson

    Ian Robertson

    The Winner Effect

    Ian Robertson is an internationally known psychologist who is Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Visiting Professor at University College London, and has had senior academic appointments at Columbia, Cambridge, Toronto, . . .
  • Kevin Dutton

    Kevin Dutton

    Wisdom of Psychopaths.

    Professor Kevin Dutton was born in 1967 and is a research psychologist at the University of Oxford.   His first book, Flipnosis - The Art of Split Second Persuasion, first published in 2010 and since translated into 18 languages, . . .
  • Natalie Haynes

    Natalie Haynes

    The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

    Natalie Haynes specialised early, taking triple Classics at A-level. She graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge, in 1996. She is an award-winning comedian, journalist, and broadcaster. She is a regular panellist on . . .
  • Stevyn Colgan

    Stevyn Colgan

    Six Degrees of Information

      Spotting connections is in my DNA. For thirty years I worked in criminal intelligence. I researched and analysed crimes and community problems and helped design solutions that were more permanent and sustainable than the usual . . .
  • Suzy Lishman

    Suzy Lishman

    Virtual Autopsy

    Suzy Lishman is Consultant Histopathologist at Peterborough District Hospital and is Registrar of the Royal College of Pathologists. She is committed to increasing public engagement with science and has given talks to interested public . . .
  • Elaine Fox

    Elaine Fox

    Half empty? Half full? It's up to you.

    Elaine Fox was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and obtained her PhD in psychology and neuroscience from University College Dublin. Following 5 years teaching and researching at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, she . . .