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Richard Firth-Godbehere

Richard Firth-Godbehere, PhD, is one of the world’s leading experts on disgust and emotions. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary University of London. He received a first-class degree from the University of London, during which time he won two awards for academic excellence, alongside a Masters (MPhil) from the University of Cambridge and a PhD From Queen Mary, University of London, where he was a Wellcome Trust Scholar.

His award-winning interdisciplinary research walks the line between history, psychology, linguistics, philosophy and futurism. He examines how understandings of emotions change over time and space, and how these changes can influence the wider world.


Already translated into nearly a dozen languages, Richard's latest book, 'A Human History of Emotion: How the Way We Feel Built the World We Know', is available from all good bookstores.

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Charles Paxton

Charles Paxton is a statistical ecologist at the University of St Andrews with an interest in the history and science behind reports of sea monsters. He also teaches several courses in scientific and critical thinking. He has written for the Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer.

Faye Skelton

Dr Faye Skelton is a lecturer in Cognitive Psychology at Edinburgh Napier University, where she is programme leader of the MSc Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology programme. She is interested in applied aspects of memory and face recognition, and miscarriages of justice.


As a lecturer and public speaker, she applies her research to cognitive, cultural and ethical aspects of the legal system. This includes eyewitness testimony, police facial composites, witness and suspect interviews, false confessions, and detection of deception.


She is currently researching experiences of miscarriages of justice in collaboration with MOJO (the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation) and has written and performed several shows for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival including Fitness to Witness, Suspect Confessions, and Pants on Fire.

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