Date & time

Thu, 3 Dec 2020
9:45 - 14:45



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About this day

For A level and IB students

Psychology in Action: Power of the Mind is a wide-ranging programme examining the theories and applications of psychology in the modern world, and is coming to you live-streamed and online in 2020! 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 commerce for an unmissable day, complemented by a special session on examination success.

“Every speaker was very enthusiastic, highly knowledgeable and really got our students interested!”

Programme & speakers

The Art of Rest - why we should take starting rest seriously Claudia Hammond, Psychologist and broadcaster

Today busyness has become a badge of honour. We want to say we’re busy, yet at the same time, we feel exhausted. Instead, we should start taking rest seriously as a method of self-care. By examining the latest evidence on the psychology of rest and activity, Claudia Hammond will explain why rest needs to be taken seriously and she’ll reveal the activities rated as most restful in the Rest Test, a psychological survey completed by 18,000 people in 135 different countries.

Claudia Hammond

About Claudia Hammond

Claudia Hammond is an award-winning broadcaster, author and psychology lecturer. Claudia is the presenter of The BBC podcasts All in the Mind and Health Check and is Visiting Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Sussex.


Dance and the brain Peter Lovatt, Director of Dance Psychology at Movement in Practice

What’s the link between dancing and the brain? How does dancing change the way we think and solve problems? Why is the way we move linked to our hormonal and genetic make up? This is the science of dance.

Peter Lovatt

About Peter Lovatt

Peter is a psychologist and former professional dancer who combines his two passions in his incredible research.

Normal to be mad? Dany Nobus, Brunel University

What does it mean to be normal in the 21st Century? Dany will explore what psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy contribute to our understanding of the human mind and its ‘disorders’.

Dany Nobus

About Dany Nobus

Dany Nobus is Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology at Brunel University London and the former Chair of the Freud Museum.

Preparing athletes for the (delayed) Tokyo Games Jonathan Smith, Performance Psychologist

Explore how psychology is being used to enable Paralympic GB athletes and staff to thrive in Tokyo. We will understand how the mind works and how this knowledge is being practically applied in the build up to the Games.

Jonathan Smith

About Jonathan Smith

Jonathan is interested in how to use psychological principles to help people promote growth, wellbeing and performance. He has applied this knowledge working within professional sport, business, and in educational settings.

Child psychology and gender identity Gemma Witcomb, Loughborough University

Gemma Witcomb

About Gemma Witcomb

Gemma’s research focuses on understanding and promoting mental health and wellbeing, and as a consequence physical health, and the interplay between the two. Gemma works in areas including eating disorders, transgender health, and is building expertise in trauma and resilience