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For the second night of Beautiful Mind we delve into our own minds to learn all about mental health, from how the ability to smell may help us predict how the onset of psychiatric and neurological disorders, to how rejection and criticism from close family members can increase your risk of psychosis. In addition, Notts County will be talking about their mental health programmes which are having huge impacts on both the local and wider community, showing how football can be used for improving your mental health! There will also be the opportunity to take part in a virtual reality experiment!
Notts County Can Be Good For My Mental Health? Really!!?
Dr. Alan Pringle (Assistant Professor)
Nigel Plant (Mental Health Consultant)
Over a number of years several football clubs across the country have been involved in developing mental health programmes for their local community. In Nottinghamshire Notts County lead the way in this field. For over 10 years County have designed, developed and run mental health programmes through their "Football in the Community" structure. This talk gives an overview of how football can be utilised for good in mental health and will highlight some of the mental health work being done by County that is making an impact in the local community, nationally and internationally!
Bells and Smells : Predicting Psychosis Before the Symptoms
Dr Paula Moran (Associate Professor )
Remember Pavlov’s dog drooling when he heard a bell that had been associated with food? We have been asking whether different ways of expressing Pavlovian learning may tell us about future mental health problems, in particular psychosis. We have also have been looking at how the ability to smell might help to predict unusual thinking patterns that signal psychiatric and neurological disorders long before the symptoms show up. A topic not to be sniffed at - come along to find out more!
Better the Devil You Know: How Our Brain Responds to Rejection and Criticism
Dr. Preethi Premkumar (Lecturer)
Schizotypy is a set of personality traits that suggest vulnerability for psychosis. Psychosis includes experiences of hallucinations and delusions. Family stress due to rejection, criticism and less praise from a close relative is a genuine risk for psychosis. In this talk, I shall present neuroimaging evidence of altered sensitivity to rejection and praise in people with schizotypy. This altered sensitivity exists not just towards family members, but extends to other social interactions as well. I shall end by talking about a virtual reality experiment on social anxiety.
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