Many Londoners associate the religious or spiritual life with out-dated traditions of our grandparents and ancient steeples in the countryside—a relic of the past that is of not much relevance to busy city people in the 21st century. However, empirical research repeatedly chronicles benefits of religious activities on measures of physical and psychological health. In this talk I will summarise the relevant research findings and suggest potential psychological mechanisms that might play a role in the positive effects religion often seems to have on various health outcomes. Finally, I will discuss how religion and associated activities can promote our well-being and which forms and elements of religion may be better avoided.
Dr Michael Pluess
Michael is a chartered psychologist and lecturer in developmental psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Initially trained in chemistry and music he spent several years working in the lab and on stage before pursuing his interests in psychology. Michael spends most of his day researching how environmental experiences shape the course of psychological development across the life course. He is specifically interested in how different people vary in their response to similar experiences due to differences in their personality and genetic make-up. Michael’s research has been published in the leading scientific journals and he regularly presents at international conferences. In 2012 Michael has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Young Scientist award of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development.
Wednesday 29th May 6.30pm to 8.30pm @ Blacks Club, 67 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 4QH
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