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Brain, mind and body: a ménage à trois?

Past event - 2016
25 May 7-10 PM
The Pavilion End, 23 Watling Street,
London EC4M 9BR
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When psychology and biology meet, our perspectives change. Want to know more about the biology of sexuality? Or how psychological childhood trauma can affect our biology? Come along to hear how our experiences and understanding of biology are relevant to real world issues.

This event is also supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and Dementia Biomedical Research Unit (BRC/U) at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.

Born queer? The biology of sexuality

Qazi Rahman (Senior Lecturer and Co-Director, LGBT Mental Health Research Group)
Several decades of research has revealed a biological basis for the diversity of human sexual orientations. Evidence indicates that genetic, neurodevelopmental and neural factors play a role in the origins of lesbian, gay, bisexual and heterosexual sexualities. This research has implications for how biological theories impact our psychology and, more specifically, LGBT civil rights issues. We’ll be sharing an example sexual orientation questionnaire to show you how this research is carried out - participation is optional.

The hidden wounds of childhood trauma

Andrea Danese (Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychobiology and Psychiatry )
Childhood trauma is among the most common & established risk factors for psychopathology. Increasingly, it is also viewed as an important risk factor for other medical disorders. Yet, we know comparatively little about why or how traumatised children develop poor health in later life. Our research shows that children who experienced psychological trauma have long-lasting biological changes similar to individuals who suffered physical injury. Evidence of these ‘hidden wounds’ offer a new framework to understand & prevent the health consequences of childhood trauma.