Tuesday, 11 December 2012, 6:00PM
Museum of London

Mind over matter

Professor Glenn D Wilson

Charlatan "cures" and "alternative" treatments are widespread and popular.  Despite lacking any credible rationale, people often seem to benefit from them.  The power of suggestion and "placebos" is impressive.  What accounts for miracle cures and phenomena like stigmata?  Are certain personality types prone to particular illness?  How does stress affect our immune system?  Psychosomatics is a fascinating branch of psychology with many issues yet to be settled.

This is a part of Glenn Wilson's series of lectures as Visiting Professor of Psychology, 2012/13. The other lectures are as follows:
    Personality and the Brain
    Genuis of Madness?
    Sleep and Dreams
    How to be a lie detector
    The Psychology of Money

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Glenn D. Wilson is one of Britain's best-known psychologists. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes and has published more than 150 scientific articles and 33 books. He is an expert on individual differences; social and political attitudes; sexual behaviour, deviation and dysfunction; and psychology applied to the performing arts.

Not one to shy away from contention, his most recent books include: Born Gay: The Psychobiology of Sex Orientation, The Secret of Lasting Love and Psychology for Performing Artists.

He has lectured widely abroad, having been a guest of the Italian Cultural Association, and a visiting professor at California State University, Los Angeles, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, the University of Nevada, Reno and Sierra Nevada College.

Apart from being a professional psychologist, Dr Wilson trained as an opera singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and still undertakes professional engagements as an actor, singer and director.

Dr Wilson's series of lectures for 2010/11 will be The Psychology of Love and Sex. He has previously given lectures at Gresham College as the Visiting Gresham Professor of Psychology , where he has proven his skills as a popular and thought-provoking lecturer. His recent series of lectures include The Psychology of Mating and Dating and The Psychology of Performing Arts.

Current Gresham Professor of Psychology

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11 December 2012

Mind over matter
Professor Glenn D Wilson

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