Public Speaking

Stevens Institute

Can we learn to be happy?

Elaine Fox will be giving a talk at the Stevens Institute in New York on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 3-4:30pm, in the Babbio Auditorium at The Center for Science Writings.

Are happiness and optimism primarily inherited traits, products of our genes? Or can they be learned and cultivated? If so, how? Elaine Fox, a psychologist and neuroscientist with joint appointments at the University of Oxford and University of Essex, is one of the world’s foremost researchers of these urgent questions. In this talk, she will present findings from her marvelous new book Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain.

The Center for Science Writings (CSW) is part of the College of Arts & Letters. All CSW events are free and open to the public. For more information see the CSW website,, or contact CSW Director John Horgan,

Ireland AM

Dublin book tour

Elaine recently took a book tour of her hometown Dublin. She was interviewed on The John Murray Show on RTE Radio and also appeared on The Ray Darcy Show on Today FM. Elaine also made a guest appearance on Ireland AM with Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney and was such a success that the local bookshops sold out of Rainy Brain Sunny Brain!

You can find further details of her radio and television interviews and watch Elaine’s appearance on Ireland AM in the Media section.

Elaine Fox public speaking

Up-coming events

Elaine will be chatting to Ray Darcy on this Today FM show in Ireland on Tuesday 31st July at 10.30 am.

She will also be chatting to Richard Bacon about Rainy Brain and Sunny Brain on his BBC Radio 5 Live Show on Wednesday 15th August from around 2:45 until 3:15.

Are you a glass half-full, or a half-empty type of person? Or do you swing both ways? Could you change your approach if you wanted to? Don’t worry if you don’t know the answers because Professor Elaine Fox will be on hand to help you understand just what makes you tick from an entirely scientific point of view.

The Lost Lectures

Rainy Brain Sunny Brain: The Lost Lecture

In this short talk Elaine Fox discusses how our fear systems and reward systems connect with higher centres to shape how positively (or negatively) we perceive life.

She uses the analogy of a river carving out a valley to describe how it is that we end up thinking a certain way, and discusses ways that we can ‘change’ the way we think using some well established methods.