Free public lectures over lunch
Press release issued: 7 October 2004
Bristol University academic and experimental psychologist, John Barrett, will address the relationship between psychology and health in a series of free lunchtime public lectures starting next week.
The first lecture, [Tuesday, October 12] Breakfast and brains, will explore how your diet can influence your health, intelligence and behaviour.
In the next talk, entitled Nature and nurture, [Tuesday, October 26], John will take a closer look at the links between our genes, intelligence and personality, giving an insight into how it affects who we are and how we behave.
Stress and you [Tuesday, November 9] demonstrates that stress is actually necessary for human health - provided it is kept at the right level. This talk will examine how minor stresses can often lead to more ill health than major stresses while also looking at how stress influences our health and the ways in which we can help combat it.
Finally, on [Tuesday, November 23], Ageing - the good news, proves the old adage about old dogs and new tricks is wrong - retirement can be a very productive time to become healthy, learn new skills and abilities.
The interactive talks take place, for the first time, in The Park, Local Opportunity Centre, Daventry Road, Knowle, Bristol from 1 to 2 pm. The talks are organised by the University's Outreach programme based in the Public Programmes Office.
No pre-booking is necessary and members of the audience are welcome to bring their sandwiches.
John Barrett lectures and supervises research on the psychology of music, and lectured on the development of music skills, music and brain development, music therapy, and the roles of genes and experience. He has given many invited lectures to science societies, adult education and teacher training courses, and school sixth forms.
The University aims to be a responsible member of the community by supporting the social and economic infrastructure of the area. It seeks to work collaboratively with all sections of the community - public, private and voluntary - and runs an outreach programme to encourage such partnerships.
The aims of the programme are:
- To improve links between the University, people and organisations in and around Bristol;
- To work collaboratively with stakeholders in the city and further afield;
- To promote the University's research findings;
- To promote widening participation and lifelong learning;
- To promote the University as a community resource.