The weekend psychology MA: The foundations of behaviour change taught by world-leading academics

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Where does happiness come from, and how can we unlearn the habitual negative thinking that keeps us from attaining it? Why do we see some people as less than human, and what is the importance of empathy in impacting our perceptions of others? What are the secrets to healthy, productive relationships in both our private and professional lives?

If you’ve always wanted to unlock the mysteries of the human brain, to better understand your own decisions and your relationship with others in the world around you, our brand new weekend masterclass brings together renowned professors and cutting edge research from the field of psychology, to unlock the evidence-based foundations of our emotions, relationships and behaviours.

With an innovative mix of keynote lectures and peer-to-peer discussions, between-session homework that will give you the opportunity to embed key academic insights into your life to transform your own habits, practical, interactive workshops that will strengthen the persuasiveness of your communication skills and boost your mental resilience in the face of adversity, - this two-part masterclass will ultimately give you the tools and confidence to continue unpacking the fascinating science of psychology that shape our lives.

Whether you are looking to delve into the workings of the mind to connect more meaningfully with others, come away with practical strategies for changing your own behaviour or are simply missing much-needed intellectual nourishment in lockdown, peak your curiosity with a weekend of unmissable knowledge and conversation.

Course content

  • The psychology of empathy: Dr Lasana T. Harris from University College of London will explore where empathy comes from, why we see others as less than human,how to rewire this thinking and how we can better modulate our responses to others for more positive outcomes - as well as the critical process of recognising right from wrong.

  • The psychology of healthy habits - Making changes that stick: Professor Wendy Wood from University of Southern California will explain the science of how we form habits as well as the key to decoding our habitual mind in order to make lasting change in our behaviour.

  • The psychology of cooperation will use lessons from the evolution of human collaboration to open up the secrets of building stronger relationships at work and in our lives - with even the most seemingly difficult of individuals

  • The psychology of happiness will ask what really makes us happy and what practical strategies we can deploy to improve our wellbeing.

  • An interactive workshop exploring the psychology of persuasion will equip you with tools to make authentic connections, build confidence in your communication skills and influence those around you for the better.

  • An interactive workshop focused on the psychology of decision-making under pressure will guide you through the influences at work in the human brain during the decision making process to enable you to make positive choices, even under stressful circumstances.

  • More speakers to be announced.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 1hr before the start time of 2.30pm (GMT).

Host profile

Claudia Hammond is an award-winning broadcaster, author and psychology lecturer. Claudia is the presenter of several podcasts and radio shows including All in the Mind on BBC Radio 4 which covers psychology, neuroscience & mental health and the weekly global health show Health Check on BBC World Service. She is Visiting Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Sussex and she writes a regular column on medical myths for BBC Future. Her latest book, The Art of Rest, examining the science behind our struggles to rest and relax, is published by Canongate. She is also the author of Mind Over Money, Time Warped and Emotional Rollercoaster.

Tutor profiles

Dr Lasana T. Harris is the associate professor of Experimental Psychology at University College London. He completed his undergraduate degree at Howard University, USA, and postgraduate training at Princeton University, USA. He has held positions at New York and Duke Universities, USA, and Leiden University in the Netherlands. His research explores the neural correlates of person perception, prejudice, dehumanization, anthropomorphism, social learning, social emotions, empathy, and punishment.

Professor Wendy Wood is author of the award-winning book, Good Habits, Bad Habits. She is Professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Southern California. For the past 30 years, she has been researching what habits are and why they are so difficult to change. She is a regular contributor to National Public Radio, the New York Times, and her work has been featured in the Guardian, Washington Post, and New Yorker. She has published over 100 scientific articles and is widely considered one of the leading experts in the psychology of habit.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 1hr before the start time of 2.30pm (GMT).


Dates: Saturday 27 March & Sunday 28 March 2021
2.30pm-5.30pm (GMT)
Price: £150 (plus £6.51 booking fee)
Event capacity: 150

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