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Psychology Research Seminars 2008/09

BU Psychology Seminars explore the human mind

One of the top academics in the field of psychology visits BU this week to launch this year’s Psychology Research Seminar Series.

Professor Mike Eysenck from Royal Holloway, University of London, will launch our Psychology Research Seminar Series on Thursday 16 October, at Lees Lecture Theatre, Talbot Campus (4pm).

Professor Eysenck, who has recently become one of our Visiting Professors in Psychology, is a well known author and highly regarded researcher. He has written over 150 research articles but is best known for his books which have been read by A-level and undergraduate students across the world and include 'Cognitive Psychology: A student's handbook' and 'Simply Psychology'.

We all know to our cost that anxiety often has a disruptive effect when trying to carry out a complex task. Professor Eysenck’s talk ‘Why does anxiety impair performance?' discusses why this is the case and considers the evidence that anxiety often has "hidden costs" – it impairs efficiency but not performance because anxious individuals use additional effort.

Professor Eysenck’s seminar is the first in a series of research discussions taking place across the next six months. Other subjects to be discussed include: ‘Detecting deception: pitfalls and opportunities’, ‘Psychological well-being and the natural environment’; ‘Cyberbullying: research and action’; ‘Factors involved in paranormal belief and experience’; ‘Psychological factors in pain management’; ‘Quality of working life in UK universities’; ‘Enhancing function with EEG-neurofeedback’; and ‘The role of Psychology in politics’.

Our newly formed Psychology Research Group brings together researchers in education, cognition, communication, psychophysiology, information and communications technology, and environmental psychology. As well as pursuing individual research interests, a common research focus is quality of life across the adult lifespan.

This year’s Research Seminars are open to members of the general public as well as students and staff from other educational institutions.

Where: Lees Lecture Theatre, Talbot Campus
When: Launches 4pm on Thursday 16 October
Further information: Dr Jacqui Taylor: or phone 01202 965313.

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