The science of stress

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 26 October

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Stressed eggs

    Stress can have both psychological and physical effects on people.

    Credit: Bernard Goldbach via flickr


Standard £14


Concession £10


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Event description

Stress is our natural reaction to physical or emotional pressure, encompassing everything from too much work to being tortured. But what goes on in our bodies and minds to cause stress? How does stress affect our memory, mood and thinking? And what effect does stress have on our overall health? Vincent Walsh and a panel of experts will investigate.

About the host

Vincent Walsh is a neuroscientist at University College London interested in finding out how the brain works. He is particularly fascinated by the the things we take for granted, like dealing with stressful situations.

About the panel

Joe Herbert is interested in the role of the brain in adaptive responses, with particular reference to the reciprocal interaction between hormones and the brain. He is a Professor at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge.

Shane O'Mara is Professor of Experimental Brain Research in Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on the relations between cognition, synaptic plasticity and behaviour, in the context of brain aging and depression.

Julie Turner-Cobb is Professor of Psychology at Bournemouth University. She researches the effects of psychosocial factors, particularly stress, coping and social support, on endocrine functioning across a range of acute and chronic health conditions in adults and children.


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