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The Weekend University aims to make the best psychology lectures available to the general public.

To do this, we organise 'lecture days', on the last Sunday of each month, where you get a full day of talks from leading psychologists, university professors and authors.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with our speakers, so you can learn more about their work.

For more information, please see: http://theweekenduniversity.com

The Weekend University Making the best psychology lecturers available to the general public.

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The Weekend University aims to make the best psychology lectures available to the general public.

To do this, we organise 'lecture days', on the last Sunday of each month, where you get a full day of talks from leading psychologists, university professors and authors.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with our speakers, so you can learn more about their work.

For more information, please see: http://theweekenduniversity.com

    Matter and Consciousness – Dr Iain McGilchrist

    Matter and Consciousness – Dr Iain McGilchrist

    Matter and Consciousness – Dr Iain McGilchrist by Making the best psychology lecturers available to the general public.

    • 1 hr 51 min
    The Psychology of Personality Change - Dr Benjamin Hardy, PhD

    The Psychology of Personality Change - Dr Benjamin Hardy, PhD

    Dr Benjamin Hardy is an organisational psychologist, entrepreneur, TED speaker and bestselling author, with an interesting story to tell. He went from being broke and sleeping on his cousin’s sofa at the age of 20, to completing a PhD, building a 7 figure business, and becoming the #1 writer in the world on Medium.com.

    Ben and his wife Lauren adopted three children from the foster system in February 2018, and one month later, Lauren got pregnant with twins who were born in December 2018 - so almost over night, he went from a situation of having no kids, to suddenly having five.

    His first book: ‘Willpower Doesn’t Work’ debunks the willpower myth, and explores how proactively shaping your environment is the key to achieving your goals and thriving in today’s fast paced, information-overloaded world. His latest book is called ‘Personality Isn’t Permanent’ and was released this week. It explores the latest groundbreaking research in the psychology of personality, and how you can use this information to design your ideal future and break free from self limiting beliefs and false cultural myths.

    This is a game changing book that has the potential to dramatically improve the life of anyone who reads it. You can find out more about Benjamin’s work on his website: http://benjaminhardy.com and get the book here: https://bit.ly/2MNOp5Z

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    Dr Hardy’s book: https://amzn.to/3a3567v

    Dr Hardy’s website: http://benjaminhardy.com

    • 55 min
    Neuroplasticity and Behaviour Change – Dr Gabija Toleikyte

    Neuroplasticity and Behaviour Change – Dr Gabija Toleikyte

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    Have you ever come up with amazing New Year’s resolutions such as losing extra weight, starting saving up money, starting your own business, exercising regularly, changing your career, eating much healthier or quitting smoking? You pumped yourself up with great enthusiasm and thought things are going to be very different this year. Fast forward – what happened a month down the line?

    If you are like the majority of us, you’ve probably gone back to where you started. We form habits subconsciously without even realising it and yet we often struggle to change them. Although our brains have an enormous ability to change (neuroplasticity), following old habits require much less energy and effort. Also, our brains resist a sudden change and we get emotional conform from following the same old ways. Therefore, creating a lasting behavioural change is not easy.

    If you are fed up with this yo-yo effect and want to gradually create a lasting change, then you might want to consider learning from a neuroscientist and performance coach Dr Gabija Toleikyte about what conditions does your brain need to activate neuroplasticity and create a lasting behavioural change.

    In this talk you will learn:

    Which parts of the brain are responsible for creating and maintaining old habits?
    Which parts of the brain are required for creating a lasting change?
    What is neuroplasticity and when is it active?
    A brain-based explanation on why we fall back to old habits
    Brain-based practical tips on how to create lasting behavioural changes.

    Recommended reading:

    The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
    The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
    Brain Rules by John Medina
    Mindset by Carol Dweck

    Dr Gabija Toleikyte is a neuroscientist and business coach. She completed her PhD at the University College London on the neuronal basis of memory and navigation. During her PhD, Gabija acquired a business coach qualification and worked as an internal coach at UCL for senior academics and administrative staff.

    Combining coaching experience with neuroscience insights allows Gabija to develop unique seminars, where solid neuroscience research is presented in the context of the topics relevant for individuals and organisations.

    Links:

    - Get our latest psychology lectures emailed to your inbox: http://bit.ly/new-talks

    - Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events/

    - Support this channel on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theweekenduniversity

    - Gabija's website: http://www.mybrainduringtheday.com/

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Placebos and Behaviour Change – Rory Sutherland

    Placebos and Behaviour Change – Rory Sutherland

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    Why should aspirin be expensive?

    Why are branded analgesics more effective?

    The psychologist Nicholas Humphrey argues that placebos work by prompting the body to invest more of its limited resources in recovery. He believes that human immune systems evolved for an environment much harsher than the one we are currently living in, so we have evolved capabilities to ‘trick’ our unconscious into believing the conditions for recovery are much more favourable for our immune system to work at full tilt.

    The ministrations of doctors (witch or NHS), exotic potions (homeopathic or antibiotic), or the caring presence of relatives and friends can all create this benign illusion. Yet policymakers hate the idea of any solution which involves unconscious processes. If you suggested that the NHS invest more in elaborate drugs packaging, they’d have conniptions.

    Too little is spent researching the placebo effect in proportion to its importance. Why is this?

    In this talk, Ogilvy Vice Chairman Rory Sutherland will explore how we can hack the amazing power of placebos for changing behaviour; both on a personal, and societal level.

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    Rory is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy in the UK, and the co-founder of a behavioral science practice within the agency. He works with a consulting practice of psychology graduates who look for ‘unseen opportunities’ in consumer behaviour – these are the very small contextual changes which can have enormous effects on the decisions people make – for instance tripling the sales rate of a call centre by adding just a few sentences to the script.

    Before founding Ogilvy’s behavioral science practice, Rory was a copywriter and creative director at Ogilvy for over 20 years, having joined as a graduate trainee in 1988. He has variously been President of the IPA, Chair of the Judges for the Direct Jury at Cannes, and has spoken at TED Global. He writes regular columns for the Spectator, Market Leader and Impact, and also occasional pieces for Wired. He is the author of two books: The Wiki Man, available on Amazon at prices between £1.96 and £2,345.54, depending on whether the algorithm is having a bad day, and Alchemy, The surprising Power of Ideas which don’t make Sense, which was published in the UK and US in March 2019.

    Rory is married to a vicar and has twin daughters of 17. He lives in the former home of Napoleon III – unfortunately in the attic. He is a trustee of the Benjamin Franklin House in London and of Rochester Cathedral.

    Links:

    - Get our latest psychology lectures emailed to your inbox: http://bit.ly/new-talks

    - Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events/

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    - Follow Rory on twitter: @rorysutherland

    - Rory’s books: https://amzn.to/2NERlTx

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Pluralistic Therapy – Professor Mick Cooper

    Pluralistic Therapy – Professor Mick Cooper

    This lecture will introduce, and look at the practical implications of, a pluralistic approach to counselling, psychotherapy and psychological practice.

    The pluralistic approach is a collaborative, integrative perspective, deeply rooted in humanistic and person-centred values. Its fundamental premise is that each client is unique, and therefore may need different things from therapy. On this basis, the pluralistic approach creates a framework in which practitioners can integrate a wide variety of understandings and methods into their practice. A key element of the pluralistic approach is shared decision making: talking to clients about what they want from therapy, and how they might most effectively be helped to get there.

    Professor Mick Cooper is an internationally recognised author, trainer, and consultant in the field of humanistic, existential, and pluralistic therapies. He is a Chartered Psychologist, and Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton. Mick has facilitated workshops and lectures around the world, including New Zealand, Lithuania, and Florida. His books include Existential Therapies, Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and The Handbook of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.

    His latest work is Integrating Counselling and Psychotherapy: Directionality, Synergy,

    and Social Change. Mick’s main areas of research have been in shared decision- making/personalising therapy, and counselling for young people in schools.

    In 2014, Mick received the Carmi Harari Mid-Career Award from the American Psychological Association. He is also a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Academy of Social Sciences. You can follow him on twitter: @mickcooper77.

    Links:

    - Get our latest psychology lectures emailed to your inbox: http://bit.ly/new-talks

    - Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events/

    - Support this channel on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theweekenduniversity

    Mick's website: https://mick-cooper.squarespace.com/

    Mick's books: https://amzn.to/2UJqirG

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Single Session Therapy – Professor Windy Dryden

    Single Session Therapy – Professor Windy Dryden

    While Carl Rogers discussed the importance of the ‘core conditions’ in counselling and therapy, clients often claim that what is also therapeutic is being seen at the point of their need rather than at the point of service availability. In this workshop, Professor Dryden will discuss the nature, principles and practice of single-session therapy that has been developed to provide a response to that need and to reflect the fact that the most frequent number of sessions that clients have internationally in publicly-funded therapy is ‘1’.

    The lecture will make the point that single-session is best viewed as a mindset rather than as an approach and will stress that SST can be practised by therapists using their preferred orientation. Professor Dryden will demonstrate his approach to SST with a volunteer from the audience.

    Windy Dryden is one of the leading practitioners and trainers in the UK in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tradition of psychotherapy. He is best known for his work in Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RECBT), a leading CBT approach. He has been working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy since 1975 and was one of the first people in Britain to be trained in CBT.

    Professor Dryden has published over 200 books and has trained therapists all over the world, in as diverse places as the UK, the USA, South Africa, Turkey and Israel. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths University of London.

    Links:

    - Get our latest psychology lectures emailed to your inbox: http://bit.ly/new-talks

    - Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events/

    - Support this channel on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theweekenduniversity

    - Windy’s website: https://www.windydryden.com/

    - Windy’s books: https://amzn.to/33J9GDV

    • 1 hr 2 min

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