Being at Surrey was one of the best experiences of my life and when I think about my time in the university a big smile always crosses my face.
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?
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.
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
Researchers from the University of Surrey have found dieters who eat ‘on the go’ may increase their food intake later in the day which could lead to weight gain and obesity.
A team of researchers led by the University of Surrey, has found that front of package nutrition labels can enable consumers to make healthier food choices.
A study published recently in the journal Psychology and Health has found that jetlag in long-haul cabin crew is alleviated when meal times are regulated on their days off.
Dr Bob Patton examines the evidence behind the UK’s new alcohol guidelines that advise that men and women shouldn’t drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week.
Why does Professor Jane Ogden collaborate with her undergraduate and postgraduate students on psychology research projects?