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.
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“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.
"There's an eyeball in my soup" - life as a forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes, Consultant Psychologist
Kerry has worked with everyone from shoplifters to serial killers, struggling parents to charming psychopaths! She will reveal what forensic psychologists really do and both the rewards and pitfalls of a career in this area.
About Kerry Daynes
Kerry was one of the first Forensic Psychologists to train in the NHS and has since worked with some of Britain’s most complex and challenging criminals in prison, hospital and community settings.
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‘.
Simon Wessely, King's College London
About Simon Wessely
Simon Wessely is chair of psychological medicine at King’s College London and president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Are you a bit autistic? Mark Brosnan, University of Bath
Famous American comedian Jerry Seinfeld recently said that he felt he was a bit autistic, but can you be ‘a bit’ autistic? Is there an autism continuum that we are all on somewhere or is autism a difference that distinguishes two distinct groups of people – those with and those without a diagnosis?
About Mark Brosnan
Mark Brosnan is Professor of Psychology at the University of Bath, which has just been ranked the top Psychology Department in the UK (by the Guardian). He is Director of the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR).