New ExpeRimental science films explore the world of psychology

Supported by the British Psychological Society, the Royal Institution launches the third series of its popular home science films.

ExpeRimental in action with patients at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

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The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK, and is responsible for the promotion of excellence and ethical practice in the science, education, and practical applications of the discipline.


We are pleased to launch the third series of our home science film project ExpeRimental, which has been very successful in supporting families with young children to do simple yet exciting science activities together at home. The third series, which is supported by the British Psychological Society (BPS), will give young people a hands-on way to learn about psychology.

Our ExpeRimental activities have been designed for families who may be unfamiliar with doing science at home and require only common household objects or cheap and easy to buy materials. The activities are presented by real families enjoying time together and learning something new about psychology. By empowering viewers with confidence and the creativity to explore, question and test some of the fundamentals of science, the ExpeRimental films are ideally suited for children aged four to nine.

Professor Gail Cardew, Director of Science and Education at the Ri, said: “The Ri is proud to extend the reach of the ExpeRimental format to include psychology. While there is a strong public interest in psychology, and it makes a huge contribution to all our lives, it is also misunderstood by many. Engaging with families and their children is one particularly promising way to build greater public understanding by fostering interest in psychology from an early age.”

Professor Peter Kinderman, BPS President, said: "We are proud to support the ExpeRimental series as part of our commitment to promote the relevance of evidence-based psychology to wider audiences. Psychology is a vast and varied discipline and there are many misconceptions about what it is and how it can help. By supporting campaigns like ExpeRimental we hope to dispel some of the myths and develop a greater understanding of psychology from an early age, and to encourage an interest in this fascinating subject."

The first film of the BPS-funded Experimental series was released on 4 May 2017, and you can watch all the films from the first two series at Be the first to watch all subsequent releases by subscribing to the Ri on YouTube now. All the films are free to watch.

The second series of ExpeRimental was supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry while the first series explored physics and was funded by the Gillespie Trust Fund.