PsyNAppS Inaugural Symposium

Exploring the impact of Psychology and Neuroscience research

Date: 11th June 2015

Venue: TS Eliot Theatre, Merton College

Doors open: 3.45pm

Drinks and canapés reception: 7pm

Register to attend the symposium (for FREE!!) here and watch out for updates on our Facebook events page.

Our speakers line up is as follows:

DavidSlideSMLDr David Lewis, Chairman of Mindlab International, is a neuropsychologist and author whose recent books include The Brain Sell: When Science Meets Shopping and Fat Planet: The Obesity Trap and How We Can Escape It.

Neuromarketing – Help or Hype?

I will discuss why I became a psychologist and how what started as a post doctoral clinical research project in the late 1980’s became, some twenty years later, the multi-million pound ‘neuromarketing’ industry.

COIN Leane de LaigueLeane de Laigue, Head of Communications and Training at Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN), has over 10 years of experience in climate change education and communication in Canada, France and most recently the UK.

She holds Masters degrees in Environment & Management, Education, Marketing and Humanities.

Psychology of Climate Change Communication

If climate change is the defining challenge of the 21st Century, why do we find it so difficult to get our heads around it? I will discuss how our work at COIN uses psychological theories and understanding to try to answer questions such as:

How can we overcome political polarisation on climate change?

Did the winter floods of 2013/14 shift public views on climate change – and if so, why?

How can we break the social silence which surrounds climate change?

SteliosMr. Stelios Kiosses has over twenty years of experience as a lecturer, psychotherapist and human factor specialist working and lecturing for a variety of institutions both clinical and industrial including for the last five years as a TV Psychologist/Presenter for Channel 4. He is a graduate in psychodynamic counselling from the University of Oxford who has previously trained in Experimental Psychology at Sussex University and Human Factors from the University of Birmingham. He is a visiting lecturer in psychotherapy at Goldsmith, University of London and an honorary lecturer at Birmingham University since 2003. He is currently completing the postgraduate course in Supervision of applied psychological practice at the Institute of Clinical Psychology University of Oxford.

The Root of Hoarding: What Lies at the Bottom of That Pile

Hoarding is a mental disorder that is difficult to treat and is often judged as a personal problem rather than a mental disorder. The new appearance of television shows that are specific to this mental disorder like the Hoarder Next Door place this disorder in the spotlight. Hoarding is defined as the acquirement of, and inability to discard worthless items even though they appear to have no value. Hoarding behaviours can occur in a variety of psychiatric disorders and in the normal population, but are most commonly found in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. I will be exploring definition, signs and symptoms of hoarding.

Edit_SMALLDr. Rebecca Park is Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry , University of Oxford and Consultant psychiatrist in Eating Disorders at Oxford Health NHS  Foundation Trust. She trained in medicine in Bristol, Psychiatry in Edinburgh, London and Cambridge, and did her DPhil in developmental psychiatry there. She has worked in Oxford for 13 years initially leading psychiatrist for the eating disorders unit at the Warneford Hospital, and more recently as a clinical academic. She collaborates with neuroscientists and neurosurgeons in treatment development and sees NHS patients with a special interest in student health. Her research focus is treatment development in Anorexia nervosa, and exploring the neural and psychological mechanisms so to develop novel treatments. She is co-PI on the first trial of Deep Brain Stimulation for severe Anorexia nervosa, in collaboration with Professor Tipu Aziz.

Neuroscience and treatment of eating disorders

My  talk will focus on the challenge of integrating research with ethical best  clinical practice, and how neuroscience behavioural science can inform treatment development.

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