Media Release: They think it’s all over

WITH the World Cup only weeks away and Cup final glory in the air, Dundee Science Centre – Sensation is getting into the spirit of things with a special football-themed ‘Reclaim’ evening this Wednesday, 12 May.

As part of this free event for over 18s, visitors will learn first hand from prominent scientists about the psychology of patriotic fervour and the irrationality of collective behaviour, both hot topics when it comes to football.

There will be plenty of interactive fun throughout the evening as well with games and activities reflecting the football focus – from writing national anthems to rating the disgustingness of sweaty football strips – and the opportunity to claim, and hold for the next four years, the Mindball World Cup Champion title.

The presentations from scientists, Fergus Neville and Oliver Lauenstein, both from the University of St Andrews, will focus on their fascinating psychological research about football fans.

Oliver will consider ‘The Curious Case of Nations’, an examination of why citizens, including football fans, identify so strongly with national categories, while Fergus will discuss his research on the psychology of football crowds, and its consequences for policing strategies.

Throughout the night, visitors can take part in some research-based activities and games, including the chance to invent their own nation, write their own national anthem and design a policing strategy for a World Cup match.

Dundee Science Centre’s community education officer, Karen Phelan, commented: “Our Reclaim nights are a fantastic opportunity for adults to visit the science centre and experience it in a different way. We are expecting the World Cup themed evening to be very popular, so would advise visitors to arrive early so they get can catch all the fun.

“In addition to the usual activities, there will be a chance to see the explosive ‘Ice’ show at half-time or even enjoy a relaxing massage. There will also be a licensed bar and live music provided by ‘The Dom and Tom show’.”

The evening, which is free of charge and part of the popular ‘Reclaim’ series of events for over-18s, kicks off at 7pm and goes on until 10pm. The event follows on from Café Science Extra, which starts at 6pm, where researcher Christine Demore will talk about the latest scientific advances in ultrasound technology and how the technology can be used in diagnosing and monitoring many diseases.

For more information visit or call the centre on 01382 228800.


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