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A Day on the Mind-Body Connection

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Placebos, Epigenetics and Trauma: A full day of talks exploring the fascinating science of the mind-body connection.

About this Event

Commonly, we think of the mind and body as two separate things. 

We think 'I' have a body, rather than I am my body. 

As a result we feel cut off from ourselves; alienated from our true nature. 

But is this split-view of ourselves scientifically accurate? 

Or might the two be more interconnected than we previously thought?

In this series of talks we'll explore the fascinating science of the mind-body connection; how the mind affects us biologically, and also how what happens in the body influences the mind. 

You’ll learn: 

  • Epigenetics: An Introduction; how your thoughts and signals from your environment influence which of your genes get switched on or off, and ultimately shape the kind of person you become - Dr Nessa Carey
  • Bodydreaming & Healing Developmental Trauma; how behaviour patterns laid down in early years affect our relationships as adults, and how we can rewire our brain to change attachment behaviours, and heal developmental trauma - Marian Dunlea
  • The Psychology of Placebos; how our beliefs affect our biology and immune responses, the science behind why placebo medicines work, and why the placebo effect evolved in humans - Professor Nicholas Humphrey

You’ll learn how these insights can improve your own quality of life, but also your ability to help others, too.

For a full breakdown of the lectures, speakers (and their reading recommendations) emailed to your inbox, please click here.

Lectures & Speakers

Epigenetics: An Introduction - Dr Nessa Carey

Dr Nessa Carey is a biologist working in the field of molecular biology and biotechnology. She is International Director of the technology transfer organisation PraxisUnico and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London. With expertise in the field of epigenetics and in technology transfer, she promotes the movement of scientists between academia and industry, lecturing often to school students and early career scientists. 

Dr Carey writes books and articles for a scientifically interested general audience, and contributes to the Huffington Post. She is the author of The Epigenetics Revolution and Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome which explore advances in the field of epigenetics and their implications for medicine. You can find out more about her work at www.nessacarey.co.uk.

Bodydreaming & Healing Developmental Trauma - Marian Dunlea

Marian Dunlea is a Jungian analyst and somatics practitioner who has been leading workshops internationally for the past 25 years integrating body, mind and soul. She is head of the BodySoul Europe Training, which is part of the Marion Woodman Foundation.

Marian is the creator of Body-Dreaming; an approach which incorporates developments in neuroscience, trauma therapy, and attachment theory with Jungian psychology, and the phenomenological standpoint of interconnectedness. Her trainings include Jungian Analysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, Infant Observation Supervision, and Somatic Experiencing. 

She is the award-winning author of ‘BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma’, which received the Gradiva award 2019 in the Best Book Category. You can learn more about Marian’s work on her website: www.mariandunlea.com.

The Psychology of Placebos - Professor Nicholas Humphrey

Nicholas Humphrey is a theoretical psychologist, based in Cambridge, who is known for his work on the evolution of human intelligence and consciousness. His interests are wide ranging. He studied mountain gorillas with Dian Fossey in Rwanda, he was the first to demonstrate the existence of “blindsight” after brain damage in monkeys, he proposed the celebrated theory of the "social function of intellect", and he is the only scientist ever to edit the literary journal Granta. His books include Consciousness Regained, The Inner Eye, A History of the Mind, Leaps of Faith, The Mind Made Flesh, Seeing Red and most recently Soul Dust. He has been the recipient of several honours, including the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, the British Psychological Society’s book award, the Pufendorf Medal and the International Mind and Brain Prize . He has been Lecturer in Psychology at Oxford, Assistant Director of the Subdepartment of Animal Behaviour at Cambridge, Senior Research Fellow in Parapsychology at Cambridge, Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research, New York, and School Professor at the London School of Economics. You can learn more about Professor Humphrey's work at: www.humphrey.org.uk

For a full breakdown of the lectures, speakers (and their reading recommendations) emailed to your inbox, please click here.

Event Schedule

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: Epigenetics: An Introduction - Dr Nessa Carey 
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch break
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Bodydreaming & Healing Developmental Trauma - Marian Dunlea
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm: Afternoon break
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm:  The Psychology of Placebos - Prof Nicholas Humphrey
  • 5:20pm - 7:00pm: Attendee Social & Networking (Optional)


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After you register on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with a unique link and instructions to join the video conference.

Will I be able to ask questions?

You will be able to submit questions to each speaker during the Q+A sessions.

What if I miss part of one of the lectures? Will I have access to the recordings?

Yes, the recordings will be emailed to all ticket-buyers (even those who can't attend on the day) approximately one hour after each lecture finishes. 

This means that if you miss anything, you'll be able to catch up in your own time.

If you have any further questions, please email support@theweekenduniversity.com for more information.

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Who is this event for?

You might be:

  • A mental health practitioner; psychotherapist, counsellor or coach, attending for continuing professional development
  • A psychology student seeking to broaden your knowledge in different areas of the subject
  • Considering a transition into a career in psychology, but not sure exactly what route to take yet
  • A member of the general public attending for the sheer joy of learning and exploring your curiosity.

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If you are not fully satisfied with the day, you will receive 100% of your money back, and we will cover the cost of your travel to and from the venue.

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We offer a full refund if you cancel within 7 days of the event date.

For cancellations in the week leading up to the event, tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

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