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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Programme & speakers
Happiness and the Rhythm of Life Peter Lovatt, Director of Dance Psychology at Movement in Practice
Changes in the way we experience moods can influence our hormones, health and well-being. Whatever makes you happy, whether it’s singing, dancing or playing games, is likely to be doing more than simply putting a smile on your face.
About Dr Peter Lovatt
Peter is a former professional dancer who spent over 25 years working in universities as an academic psychologist interested in the effect that dancing and moving has on people.
The idiot brain Dean Burnett, Cardiff University
For something supposedly so evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is pretty messy. Dean tours our mysterious and mischievous grey (and white) matter, along the way explaining the human brain’s imperfections in all their glory.
About Dr 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 visual inattentiveness. Eirini will show how this and the underlying brain processes are being investigated through research in visual attention.
About Dr Eirini Mavritsaki
Eirini is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University, investigating attentional processes and the changes of these processes in Attentional Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
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.
About Dr Matt Pritchard
Dr Matt Pritchard is a magician and a member of the Magic Circle. He is a lapsed atomic physicist with a love of recreational maths. He is also a member of the Science of Magic Association, which aims to foster research collaborations between magicians and psychologists.
The psychological challenges of life at the top - a personal journey Clarke Carlisle, Former professional footballer
Join Clarke as he recounts the painful and powerful hold of his depression that led to him being convicted of drink-driving and attempting to commit suicide.
About Mr Clarke Carlisle
Clarke Carlisle is an English former professional footballer who played as a defender and was chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association.