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  • Why is loneliness only seen as a problem of old age?

    Loneliness, isolation, living alone and solitude are distinct concepts that can influence our health and wellbeing in different ways. In order to determine the impact of loneliness, and design appropriate interventions, we need to be clear about these distinctions. In this seminar, Christina will present a critical evaluation of the ‘received wisdom’ about loneliness in later life. in paricular the presentation will address two key questions:- (a) why aren’t all old people lonely? and (b) is loneliness really bad for old people?

    Prof Christina Victor
    Brunel University London


    3.00pm to 4.00pm in 01 AC 02


    Christina Victor is Professor of Gerontology and Public Health in the College of Health and Life Sciences at Brunel University London. Her principal research interests are in understanding the social context of ageing and later life and, in particular, loneliness and social isolation; care and caring; growing old amongst minority communities and physical activity and exercise. She is also ViceDean for reasrch in the College and leader of the Ageing Studiestheme in the Instiute for Environment, Health and Societies.

  • The Brain Mechanisms of Semantic Retrieval

    There are a number of controversies about semantic memory and the brain: the first is where knowledge is stored, and the second is how knowledge is accessed. Research has shown there are several interacting brain networks implicated in the dynamic use of knowledge, which allow us to (1) store and retrieve dominant information (such as “salt” goes with pepper), (2) use information in a context-specific way (such as “salt” spreading on an icy path) and (3) respond to demanding tasks (such as matching “salt” with “dove” when asked to sort items according to their colour). I will present neuropsychological, TMS and behavioural evidence to answer the critical controversies: where knowledge is stored, and how it is accessed.

    Dr Hannah Thompson
    University of Surrey

    3.00pm to 4.00pm in 01 AC 02

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