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Thursday, 29 June 2006, 12:00AM

The future biology of happiness: lifestyle changes or recreational drugs?

Professor Keith Kendrick

We find the achievement of an inner state of happiness elusive, yet the standard of living in the developed world improves. Politics, industry, science, art, the media and religion all attempt to make our lives happier. All seem to have diminishing levels of success. Lifestyle gurus and counselling are boom industries. We seem destined to embrace the pharmaceutical dream of a happiness pill. Such an easy option is deliverable: drugs are consumed in vast quantities and make huge profits. Are recreational drugs the only option?

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Professor Keith Kendrick is Systems and Behavioural Neuroscientist and was Gresham Professor of Physic between 2002 and 2006.
He has been a member of the Home Office's animal procedures committee and has worked at the University of Cambridge undertaking research with regards to how neural networks are organised to control recognition and responses to social and emotional cues. He is a fellow of the Institute of Biology and a member of the British Neuroscience Association.

All of Professor Kendrick’s previous lectures may be accessed here.

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29 June 2006

The future biology of happiness: lifestyle changes or recreational drugs?
Professor Keith Kendrick

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