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Science Week 2018

Watch our videos and read our blogs from past events.

Monday 18 June 2018

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Thursday 21 June 2018

  • Dr Lara Maister: 'Do you really know yourself? Investigating the self-representation of the body and mind.' Our self-representation has many different facets. One important aspect focusses on properties of the mind, with its thoughts and beliefs about our characters and social relationships. Another, quite different aspect of our self-representation, focusses on the properties of our bodies and concerns our body image. Dr Maister's talk looked at both aspects and showed how psychological experiments can change the way the self is perceived and how this affects interactions with others.
  • Professor Naz Derakhshan: 'How can cognitive neuroscience build resilience in breast cancer patients?' Breast cancer is the biggest malignancy among women worldwide. Every 10 minutes in the UK a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, with increasing rates among younger women. With medical advances, a significant proportion of women continue to live longer lives, but the traumatic cost of diagnosis and harsh treatments leaves women cognitively impaired and emotionally vulnerable for years. Professor Derakhshan discussed how the targeting and exercising of key brain functions can lower anxiety and distress in women with breast cancer and help improve their cognitive functioning and quality of life.