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LOUPS Mental Health Seminar

23rd September 2017, LSE, London
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In 2015 the London branch of the Open University Psychological Society (LOUPS) ran a Mental Health Seminar which proved to be extremely popular and we have therefore decided to repeat this seminar this year covering a new set of topics.

The event will consist of a series of talks and workshops and will appeal to those studying or working in mental health and psychology. In particular, this time, we will focus on the workings in the brain relating to various mental health problems; stress, looking at gene-environment interactions and the evolutionary origins of stress; in the afternoon there will be a 2 hour mindfulness workshop where you can learn how to use mindfulness to manage your emotions.

This seminar and workshop is open to everyone and no previous experience is necessary.

This is a whole day event, with talks starting at 10.00 am and registration from 9.30 am. A timetable for the day is available here Mental Health Seminar 2017 timetable.

A flier for the workshop is available from LOUPS Mental Health Workshop 2017.


Confirmed Speakers are:

Gillian Ragsdale's main area of interest is the evolution and biology of the mind and behaviour—especially in the contexts of social behaviour, family dynamics, kinship and the role of epigenetics in mediating gene-environment interaction.  Gillian currently teaches psychology with the Open University.

Frederick Toates is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Open University and President of OUPS. His research concerns motivation and emotion and the application of basic principles to understanding a wide range of behaviour, including addictions and obsessions. His latest publication“ A framework for understanding sexual violence: Incentive-motivation and hierarchical control” appeared in the journal 'Aggression and Violent Behavior'.

Dr. Meg-John Barker is a writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. Meg-John is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, and has over a decade of experience researching and publishing on these topics including the popular books 'Rewriting the Rules', 'The Secrets of Enduring Love', 'Queer: A Graphic History', and 'Enjoy Sex'. Website: Twitter: @megjohnbarker.


LSE New Academic Building

The New Academic Building,
London School of Economics,
54 Lincoln's Inn Fields,


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Travel and directions

The nearest underground station is Holborn, approx. five minutes walk away.

Click here for directions to the New Academic Building, London School of Economics.



Places for this seminar are limited and are likely to sell out !

We strongly recommend booking this event in advance due to its popularity. Also please note that all tickets on the day, if they are still available, will be £45 (no member discount).

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