In this series of talks we’ll explore the fascinating science of the mind-body connection; how the mind affects us biologically, and also how what happens in the body influences the mind.
Epigenetics: An Introduction; how your thoughts and signals from your environment influence which of your genes get switched on or off, and ultimately shape the kind of person you become – Dr Nessa Carey
Bodydreaming & Healing Developmental Trauma; how behaviour patterns laid down in early years affect our relationships as adults, and how we can rewire our brain to change attachment behaviours, and heal developmental trauma – Marian Dunlea
The Psychology of Placebos; how our beliefs affect our biology and immune responses, the science behind why placebo medicines work, and why the placebo effect evolved in humans – Professor Nicholas Humphrey
This post provides information on each of the speakers at the event, and also their recommended reading to help you prepare.
Epigenetics: An Introduction – Dr Nessa Carey
Dr Nessa Carey is a biologist working in the field of molecular biology and biotechnology. She is International Director of the technology transfer organisation PraxisUnico and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London. With expertise in the field of epigenetics and in technology transfer, she promotes the movement of scientists between academia and industry, lecturing often to school students and early career scientists.
Dr Carey writes books and articles for a scientifically interested general audience, and contributes to the Huffington Post. She is the author of The Epigenetics Revolution and Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome which explore advances in the field of epigenetics and their implications for medicine. You can find out more about her work at www.nessacarey.co.uk.
- The Epigenetics Revolution – Dr Nessa Carey (Icon Books, 2011)
- Introducing Epigenetics, a Graphic Guide – Cath Ennis (Icon Books, 2017)
- The Gene: An Intimate History – Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner, 2017)
Bodydreaming & Healing Developmental Trauma – Marian Dunlea
Marian Dunlea is a Jungian analyst and somatics practitioner who has been leading workshops internationally for the past 25 years integrating body, mind and soul. She is head of the BodySoul Europe Training, which is part of the Marion Woodman Foundation.
Marian is the creator of Body-Dreaming; an approach which incorporates developments in neuroscience, trauma therapy, and attachment theory with Jungian psychology, and the phenomenological standpoint of interconnectedness. Her trainings include Jungian Analysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, Infant Observation Supervision, and Somatic Experiencing.
She is the award-winning author of ‘BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma’, which received the Gradiva award 2019 in the Best Book Category. You can learn more about Marian’s work on her website: www.mariandunlea.com.
- Levine, P. (2010) In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
- van der Kolk, B. (1996 ), The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma, St Ives: Penguin Random House.
- Porges, S. W., (2011a) In Interview with Serge Prengel – The Polyvagal Theory for Somatic Perspectives of Psychotherapy, www.SomaticPerspectives.com
- Schore, A.N. (2001) The effects of Early Relational Trauma on Right Brain Development, Affect Regulation, and Infant Mental Health. Infant Mental Health Journal, Vol. 22 (1-2), 201-269
- Sieff, D. F. (2015) Understanding and Healing Emotional Trauma: Conversations with Pioneering Clinicians and Researchers, Hove and New York: Routledge.
The Psychology of Placebos – Professor Nicholas Humphrey
Nicholas Humphrey is a theoretical psychologist, based in Cambridge, who is known for his work on the evolution of human intelligence and consciousness. His interests are wide ranging. He studied mountain gorillas with Dian Fossey in Rwanda, he was the first to demonstrate the existence of “blindsight” after brain damage in monkeys, he proposed the celebrated theory of the “social function of intellect”, and he is the only scientist ever to edit the literary journal Granta.
His books include Consciousness Regained, The Inner Eye, A History of the Mind, Leaps of Faith, The Mind Made Flesh, Seeing Red and most recently Soul Dust. He has been the recipient of several honours, including the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, the British Psychological Society’s book award, the Pufendorf Medal and the International Mind and Brain Prize .
He has been Lecturer in Psychology at Oxford, Assistant Director of the Subdepartment of Animal Behaviour at Cambridge, Senior Research Fellow in Parapsychology at Cambridge, Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research, New York, and School Professor at the London School of Economics. You can learn more about Professor Humphrey’s work at: www.humphrey.org.uk.
- Placebos at large. New Scientist. 2013. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0262-4079(13)61931-4
- The evolutionary psychology of healing: A human success story. Current Biology. 2012. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2012.06.018
- Placebos: Cracking the Code. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvbQnMvhQFw&t=1350s
For more information on the event and a full breakdown of the talks, please see the event page.