About this day
Psychology in Action: Power of the Mind is a wide-ranging day 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. From dance and the brain to the paranormal, sports psychology to attachment, this is an unmissable day, complemented by a special session on examination success.
Programme & speakers
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.
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 psychology of laughter Sophie Scott, UCL
Discover how and why we laugh, and why this is such an important part of our communication repertoire with Sophie Scott, neuroscientist and stand-up comedienne!
About Professor Sophie Scott
Professor Scott leads the Speech Communication Neuroscience Group at UCL. She is interested in how our brains process the information in speech and voices, and how we control our voice.
Tricks and slips of the mind Matt Pritchard, Scientist and Magician
Is seeing really perceiving? Can free thinking be manipulated? Can memories be distorted? Using mind games and sensory deception, you will learn how a combination of psychology and magic can create real life Jedi masters.
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.
Psychology at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games Jonathan Smith, Performance Psychologist
Jonathan will provide insights into how psychology can influence the performance of elite athletes. Real-life examples will be drawn from the Rio Olympics and Paralympics which can then be applied into our everyday life.
About Dr 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.
The voices within Charles Fernyhough, Durham University
Charles will recount some key recent findings on voice-hearing and inner speech, and explore their implications for individuals and society.
About Professor Charles Fernyhough
Charles is a Developmental Psychologist and best-selling author with a particular focus on social, emotional and cognitive development.