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A Day on Evolutionary Psychology at Birkbeck University

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Birkbeck, University of London Bloomsbury

Malet Street Building · London

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Learn about the fascinating science of evolutionary psychology in this full day of talks from leading clinical and evolutionary psychologists.
Can practising compassion create lasting, physiological changes in your brain?

Is homosexuality really ‘against nature’?

And can an evolutionary understanding of our minds help explain, and offer solutions to many of the mental health problems we are facing today?

These are just some of the topics we’ll explore at ‘A Day on Evolutionary Psychology’ at The Weekend University. In this series of talks, we’ll examine human psychology and behaviour through the lens of modern evolutionary theory.

You’ll learn:

The foundations of evolutionary psychology; how your emotions, thought patterns, perceptions, and social interactions have been shaped by millions of years of evolutionary history

Why same sex behaviour evolved in human and non-human animals; the fascinating evolutionary origins of homosexual behaviour and why it is widespread - not only amongst humans, but other animals alike

The amazing science of compassion focused therapy; learn about the rapidly growing evidence for this groundbreaking form of therapy, and how it can help you be kinder both towards yourself and others, end toxic self criticism, heal trauma and shame, and improve your emotional wellbeing.

You’ll leave with a clear understanding of how these evolutionary insights can improve your emotional intelligence in the modern world.

Lectures & Speakers

Evolutionary Psychology: An Introduction - Diana Fleischman, PhD

Diana Fleischman, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. After an internship at a chimpanzee research facility, Diana earned her PhD in evolutionary psychology at the University of Texas at Austin studying hormonal influences on disgust sensitivity.

Against Nature? Homosexuality & Evolution - Professor Volker Sommer

Volker Sommer is Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at University College London. His research interests focus on the evolution of primate social and sexual behaviour, cognition, rituals, biodiversity conservation, animal rights and evolutionary ethics.

Evolution & Compassion Focused Therapy - Professor Paul Gilbert, OBE

Professor Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is a British clinical psychologist, the founder of compassion focused therapy (CFT), compassionate mind training (CMT) and author of books such as The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life’s Challenges, Overcoming Depression.

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The format will be similar to a TED event, but with in-depth lectures and focused on the theme of Evolutionary Psychology.

10:00am – 12:00pm: Session 1

12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch break

1:00pm - 3:00pm: Session 2

3:00pm - 3:15pm: Afternoon break

3:15pm - 5:00pm: Session 3

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