A healthy body is a healthy mind?

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A sound mind in a sound body is something we all want. But when does the mind help us make the right choice and when does it trick us into a wrong one?

Swansea University College of Human and Health Sciences’ Psychology Department staff and students will be hosting the “A healthy body is a healthy mind? ” event as part of the Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Saturday 14 November, National Waterfront Museum (Oystermouth Rd, Swansea SA1 3RD) 10.00 – 15.00. A free event for all.

The event will provide interactive discussions and demonstrations and explore: 

v   What lifts our mood? What happens in our body & mind when we feel stressed for a long time? Can MINDFULNESS help us deal with stress? What happens in our brain, body & mind when we feel happy or sad? How can we become more mindful of how we feel? And is mindfulness a ‘cure for all’?

SPEAKERS: Dr Steven Stanley (Cardiff University), Dr Frederic Boy and Mr Simon Newstead (Swansea University ). TIME: 1.15 – 3 pm WHERE: OCEAN ROOM

v   Does food influence the mind? Let’s discuss if sugar makes children hyperactive or if food links to dementia. In this live discussion, we’d like to hear your questions & puzzles about how food influences performance: Can sugar make my children hyperactive? Is food linked to dementia? And is there any such thing as a sugar addiction?

SPEAKER: Professor David Benton (Swansea University). TIME: 11.30 am – 12.45 pm. WHERE: OCEAN ROOM.

v How can psychology help me diet? Select portions, guess calories, tell us what foods you like – and we will tell you why! Meet our Psychology researchers who study our decisions about food! It’s an interactive session.

SPEAKERS: Dr Laura Wilkinson & PhD students (Swansea University). TIME: 10.30 am – 2.30 pm. WHERE: WATERFRONT WORKSHOP.

v   But how do we figure out food taste? Does it depend on our… vision? Come taste jelly (children) and wine (parents) – your senses might surprise you!

SPEAKERS: Dr Hayley Young, Prof David Benton & Psychology PhD students (Swansea University). TIME: 10 am – 3 pm. WHERE: WESTON HALL (main hall).

v   And where would we be without ageing research? What do people do, to age well? Come along to our interactive session to test the equipment from our research, speak to our passionate researchers & meet local services supporting people whose lives are influenced by dementia.

SPEAKERS: Prof Andrea Tales and Ageing & Dementia PhD students (Swansea University). TIME: 10 – 11.15 am. WHERE: OCEAN ROOM.