Ig Nobel Prize Tour

Denmark, 23rd‐28th of March, 2012

Sofia Dahl from Media Technology in Copenhagen has been asked to talk at the Ig Nobel Prize Tour as it premiers "research that makes people laugh and then think"

She was asked to present earlier work she did during her post doc in Ohio, concerning how the facial expression changes when people are asked to sing at different pitch heights (high vs. low). As it turns out, the photographed persons were judged to look more friendly when singing high pitches, compared to low pitches. This could support an inter-modal link between vocal and facial expression (meaning that e.g. aggression displays with lowered eyebrows is connected to producing a lower vocal pitch). Read the article: Facial Expression and Vocal Pitch Height: Evidence of an Intermodal Association

Magnus Wahlberg, an earlier winner of the prize, organizes a series of talks in Odense, Copenhagen and Aarhus together with Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel Prize. See below for a list of speakers.

Tour Program

Friday 23rd of March 19.00-21.00: Copenhagen University, Festsalen, Frue Plads, 19.00-21.00

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th of March 19.00-21.00: Aarhus University, Søauditorierne book tickets at http://science.au.dk/foredrag/soeauditorierne/foredragene/

Wednesday 28th of March 19.00-21.00: University of Southern Denmark, Odense, U45, book tickets at http://www.odense.unf.dk/

 

In the talks, there will be other presenters, both prize winners and others.

Presenters

Marc Abrahams (all lectures): Founder of th Ig Nobel Prizes and president of Improbable Research.
In his introductory lecture Marc is telling us about the background of www.improbable.com the Ig Nobel prize, how it all got started – and shares among his favorite stories about Ig noble prize winners and other strange stories from the world of science.

Professor Andrea Rapisarda (all lectures, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ): Andrea won the prize in 2010 in the category Management for showing that Organizations would be more efficient if they promoted people at random.

Dr. Sofia Dahl (all lectures, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ): Sofia is a Swede working in Denmark as an Assistant Professor at Aalborg University in Copenhagen..! She is studying sound and music communication. She will present her intriguing results on the relationship between Vocal pitch height and aggression in humans.

Professor M.D. Harald Moi (Aarhus and Odense shows only, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ): Harald Moi is a medical doctor in Oslo and also a professor at Oslo University. He will present his intriguing work on The first case of a shown transmission of gonorrhea through an inflatable doll, which won him the Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1996.

Christian Stevns (All shows), Peter Kristensen (Copenhagen show), and Louise Færch (Copenhagen and Aarhus 26th shows, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ): Christian, Peter and Louise published a much-acclaimed work on a long-lived Danish myth. The work was published in the very presitgiuos British Medical Journal and was called Testing the validity of the Danish urban myth that alcohol can be absorbed through feet - open labelled self experimental study.


Local hosts and press contacts:

Jens Holbech, Aarhus University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Charlotte Autzen, Copenhagen University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Niels Kring, University of Southern Denmark, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Overall organization and more press contacts

Magnus Wahlberg, Fjord&Bælt and University of Southern Denmark, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marc Abrahams, Improbable.com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jens Holbech, Aarhus University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The tour is funded by the Deans of Aarhus University, Copenhagen University and University of Southern Denmark

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