About this day
Psychology in Action: Power of the Mind is a wide-ranging programme examining the theories and applications of psychology in the modern world. Five incredibly engaging sessions will help students realise their potential and discover the impact they can have on the world. Join renowned speakers from academia, medicine, industry and commered for an unmissable day, complemented by a special session on examination success.
“Thank you for a very enjoyable day. I felt it was brilliantly organised and I’ve recommended the day on our Psychology teachers’ Facebook page. Can’t wait to see what you have for us next year!”
“Every speaker was very enthusiastic, highly knowledgeable and really got our students interested!”
Programme & speakers
Happiness and the Rhythm of Life Peter Lovatt, University of Hertfordshire
Peter introduces recent scientific research which shows that changes in the way we experience positive moods can influence our hormones, the chemicals in our brain and our health and well-being. Research shows that whatever makes you happy, whether it’s singing, dancing, making love or playing games, is likely to be doing more than simply putting a smile on your face. Remarkably, the experience of positive emotions has even been associated with greater longevity and reduced morbidity.
About Peter Lovatt
Before becoming a psychologist Peter was a professional dancer and worked nationally and internationally in musical theatre. Peter combined the study of dance and psychology in 2008 and since then his work has been reported on TV, radio and in the national and international press.
The idiot brain Dean Burnett, Cardiff University
For something supposedly so evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is pretty messy, fallible and disorganised. Dean tours our mysterious and mischievous grey (and white) matter, along the way explaining the human brain’s imperfections in all their glory and how these influence everything we say, do and experience.
About Dean Burnett
Dean is a lecturer at Cardiff University, neuroscientist, author, blogger and numerous other things, depending on who’s asking and what they need. He is best known for his satirical science column ‘Brain Flapping‘ at the Guardian, and his internationally acclaimed debut book ‘The Idiot Brain‘.
Unlocking the secrets of Visual Attention in ADHD Eirini Mavritsaki, Brimingham City University
One of the main characteristics of Attentional Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is inattentiveness. Eirini will show how inattentiveness and the underlying brain processes are being investigated through research in visual attention.
About Eirini Mavritsaki
Eirini is a Senior Lecturer in Birmingham City University. Eirini is investigating attentional processes and the changes of these processes in Attentional Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Her work has been awarded the Cognitive Psychology Prize by the BPS in 2012.
Deceiving the mind Matt Pritchard, Scientist and Magician
Our brains are constantly making assumptions and magicians exploit this knowledge gap. In this demo packed talk we will learn how a person’s attention & perception, cognitive reasoning and memory can be tampered with. From Jedi mind tricks through to implanting false memories, you might never trust your senses again.
About Matt Pritchard
Dr Matt Pritchard is an award-winning magician (and member of the magic circle), comedian and creative communicator. His amazing performances both inspire and inform.