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SEOUPS Pub Social - Understanding Sex-Linked Serial Killing

6th June 2018, Caxton Arms, Brighton
LOUPS Social Event
Online booking has now closed, please contact southeast@oups.org.uk for availability.

'Understanding Sex-Linked Serial Killing'

A talk by Professor Fred Toates, 6th June 2018, from 6pm (Talk begins at 7pm).

 Please note that we are restricted to 35 places for this talk.

This social event combines a talk and social drinks where you can meet other Open University Psychology students both before and after the talk.

The talk will argue that, in order to understand sex-linked serial killing, we can gain considerable insight by studying how normal sexual desire works. In the case of sexual violence, the processes underlying normal desire can become associated with anger/aggression and dissociated from empathy/attachment. How this can happen forms the topic of the talk, which will be illustrated by considering some of the textbook cases including Andrei Chikatilo, Dennis Rader, Fred West and Jeffrey Dahmer.

We are delighted to have Professor Fred Toates giving this talk. Fred is Emeritus Professor of Biological Psychology at the Open University, UK, where he has a 40 year association. He has also taught undergraduate students in France, Germany, Denmark, Romania, Moldova, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA. His research is on motivation and he is responsible for developing the incentive motivation model, as well as applying it to sexual motivation and sexual offending. His most recent book is How Sexual Desire Works: The Enigmatic Urge (Cambridge University Press, 2014), which won the 2015 Association of American Publishers Book of the Year Award in the category of ‘Psychology’.

This event is open to all, whether studying with the OU or not. If you are, then it's also a great opportunity to socialise with other OU psychology students in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere !

A flier for the event can be downloaded here.


Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door subject to availability as numbers are limited to 35 attendees. Please check availability on the day.


This event will be held in The Function Room (downstairs bar) at the Caxton Arms, 26 North Gardens, Brighton, BN1 3LB.

Travel and directions

The pub is a two minute walk from Brighton Station.


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