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 commerce for an unmissable day, complemented by a special session on examination success.
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Programme & speakers
Clinical psychology in practice James Piercy, Science Communicator
James Piercy started his interest in clinical psychology as a patient, after suffering a serious brain injury. Join his exploration of the psychological effects of injury and how we test and measure function.
About James Piercy
James is a Science communicator, Trainer and Public Engagement Consultant, and Honorary Lecturer in science communication
When people don't obey: why (almost) everything you thought you knew about Zimbardo and Milgram is wrong Stephen Reicher, University of St Andrews
Join Stephen to consider Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment and Milgram’s Yale Obedience studies in a new light, and discover why the usual interpretations regarding conformity are not necessarily supported by the evidence.
About Stephen Reicher
Stephen’s research at the University of St Andrews is in the area of social psychology, focusing on group processes such as crowd behaviour, tyranny and leadership.
Facing your fears is good for you - but only if you are in control Warren Mansell, University of Manchester
People are often told to ‘face their fears’ in ‘exposure’ therapy. But should people be persuaded to do this? Or should they approach them at their own pace? Warren uses a theory known as perceptual control theory for the answer.
About Warren Mansell
Warren is a clinical psychologist and the author of over 100 scientific publications, a number of therapy manuals and popular psychology books. He espouses a ‘universal’ approach to mental health and studies the essential role of control in everyday life.
Hypnosis Martin S Taylor, Psychology communicator
Hypnosis isn’t the mysterious mind-control technique that many people believe: it’s a cocktail of several well-understood psychological principles. Martin will give a brief outline of these principles, and then use volunteers to demonstrate the illusion of mind control.
About Martin S Taylor
Martin S Taylor became interested in hypnosis when studying computing at Imperial College, London. He now makes his living talking about hypnosis at schools, universities, and private events.
Can you really rewire the adult brain? Caroline Williams, Science journalist and author
In theory the answer is ‘yes’, but no one seems to know exactly how to do it. Caroline has been examining neuroplasticity and volunteering herself as a guinea pig to find out. Join her adventures in attention, brain training, meditation and brain stimulation!
About Caroline Williams
Caroline is a science journalist who has written extensively for New Scientist magazine, the Guardian, BBC Future, BBC Earth and the Boston Globe. She has authored two books, Override and My Plastic Brain.