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Up-coming Talks

Elaine will be chairing a talk at the London School of Economics (LSE) by Professor Paul Dolan on his new book ‘Happiness by Design’ and a general discussion on “Happiness” on Wednesday 22 October. The event is in the Old Theatre, Old Building from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

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Elaine will be presenting a talk to the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics (LSE) on Thursday 23 October at 1:00 pm. She will be asking “Are there Cognitive Markers of Optimism and Wellbeing?”

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Elaine will be talking about Rainy Brain Sunny Brain’ or why some people are optimists and why some are pessimists to the National Women’s Register conference on “Aspects of Personality” in Salisbury on Saturday 25 October.

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Irish Cancer Society Talk

Elaine spoke at the Irish Cancer Society’s Annual Conference on Cancer Survivorship on Saturday 20th September in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

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Irish Science Teachers Association

Elaine will be giving the opening address at the Irish Science Teachers Association Annual Conference in Galway on Friday 11th April.

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In jedem steckt ein Optimist

Rainy Brain Sunny Brain released in Germany

We’re excited to announce that Rainy Brain Sunny Brain will be released in Germany on 27th January with the title In jedem steckt ein Optimist. Der Spielgel are planning a major feature on the book and will be visiting Oxford early in the new year to interview Elaine.

For our German visitors, please read on…

Optimismus kann man lernen.

Wir sind nicht zum Pessimismus verdammt. Zwar werden Menschen mit einer genetischen Disposition zum Optimismus und mit einem Talent zum Glücklichsein oder als existentielle Pessimisten geboren. Das hängt mit individuell geprägten Hirnstrukturen zusammen. Doch weil das menschliche Gehirn ungemein wandelbar ist, verfügen wir über diverse Möglichkeiten, den Blick auf das Leben zu verändern.

Elaine Fox, renommierte Neurologin und Pionierforscherin in Sachen Glücksgen, ist überzeugt: Wenn wir begreifen, wie Optimismus im Gehirn funktioniert, können wir Lebensfreude und Glück steigern. Denn je nach Umfeld und Erfahrungen bildet das Gehirn neue Zellen und erprobt andere Muster. Jenseits der billigen Behauptung vom positiven Denken können wir mit Hilfe der Hirnforschung also lernen, eine pessimistische Weltsicht zu überwinden und glücklich zu sein.

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BBC Horizon Documentary – The Truth about Personality

Elaine’s work is featured in a BBC Horizon Documentary The Truth about Personality presented by Michael Mosley and first broadcast in the summer of 2013.

Michael Mosley explores the latest science about how our personalities are created – and whether they can be changed.

Try out some of tests that we gave Michael for yourself…

Despite appearances, Mosley is a pessimist who constantly frets about the future. He wants to worry less and become more of an optimist.

He tries out two techniques to change this aspect of his personality – with surprising results.

And he travels to the frontiers of genetics and neuroscience to find out about the forces that shape all our personalities.

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Public Lecture at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Elaine will be presenting ‘From pessimist to optimist – can we really change?’ at a public lecture on Thursday 5th December 2013 at Macquarie University.

Glass half full or half empty? It often seems as if the way we deal with the world – optimism or pessimism – is hardwired into our nature. But is it? New research summarized by Professor Elaine Fox in Rainy Brain Sunny Brain shows that our personality may be far more malleable and open to change than we ever thought possible.

In an entertaining talk that takes us from genes, to the brain, to the life experiences contributing to the tendencies of someone becoming an optimist or pessimist, Elaine shows how we can brighten our lives and help ourselves flourish by retraining our brains.

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Hungerford Literary Festival

Elaine Fox at the Hungerford Literary Festival

Professor Elaine Fox will be telling us to how to ‘retrain our brains to overcome pessimism and achieve a more positive outlook’ at the Hungerford Literary Festival on Saturday 19th October 2013.

Elaine is a pioneering psychologist and neuroscientist and has discovered that when our ‘fear brain’ or ‘pleasure brain’ becomes greater than its counterpart the results can be disastrous, leading to chronic shyness, addiction, depression and anxiety.

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Oxford Centre for Emotions & Affective Neuroscience

Elaine has recently moved to the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, to take up an appointment as Research Professor and to establish the Oxford Centre for Emotions & Affective Neuroscience (OCEAN). Elaine is also delighted to have been awarded an ERC Advanced Investigator Award, which will allow her to set up a multidisciplinary research programme to investigate why some people are resilient, apparently immune to anything that life throws at them, while others are fragile, bowled over by seemingly minor difficulties.

Elaine Fox public speaking

Forthcoming Events

Elaine will be attending the European Congress of Psychology in Stockholm, Sweden from 10-14 July (http://www.ecp2013.se) and will give a keynote speech at the conference on The Role of Cognitive Biases in Determining Emotional Vulnerability and Emotional Resilience.

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Elaine is also giving a keynote talk at the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies conference on ‘Improving Mental Health’. The conference is in London from 16-19 July.

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Elaine will be taking part in a Salon Literary Breakfast at the Latitude Festival on Saturday 20th July. Tickets still available.

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Now available in Poland

Polish readers can now enjoy Miedzy Pesymizmem a Optymizmem (Between Pessimism and Optimism), the latest translation of Elaine Fox’s book Rainy Brain Sunny Brain. Order your copy online now.

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Kolejna ksiązka z doskonale przyjętej serii Pytajniki, w której ukazały się między innymi: „Śniadanie z Sokratesem”, „Mózg incognito” i „Potyczki z Freudem”.

Zwykło się mawiać, że optymista i pesymista żyją tak samo długo, tylko optymista trochę weselej.
Czy można przeprogramować mózg, tak by zmienić siebie i swój sposób postrzegania świata? Zadanie to z pewnością niełatwe, ale – jak przekonuje autorka książki – zdecydowanie możliwe. Profesor Elaine Fox opisuje dwa typy osobowości, chmurną i pogodną, i wyjaśnia, że mają one źródła w ludzkim umyśle, który – jak wynika z odkryć współczesnej nauki – łatwo ulega przeobrażeniom. Skoro więc mózg jest w stanie się zmieniać, możemy wpływać na to, kim jesteśmy.
Książka ujawnia różne rodzaje technik, dzięki którym pesymiści nauczą się myśleć pozytywnie i znajdą szczęście, a lekkoduchom skłonnym do nadmiernego ryzyka pozwolą one odzyskać kontrolę nad życiem.

„Każde doświadczenie, od najbłahszego po najdonioślejsze, przekształca mózg. Elaine Fox pokazuje, jak dobrze to wykorzystać, jak zarządzać zmianami, które go ulepszają”.
Joseph LeDoux, autor Mózgu emocjonalnego

„Żaden Kłapouch na świecie nie powinien się poddawać: mózg może się zmieniać”.
„Psychology Today”

Elaine Fox – psycholog eksperymentalna i neurofizjolog. Obecnie dyrektor Laboratorium Neurobiologii Afektywnej na Wydziale Psychologii uniwersytetu w Essex. Na swoim koncie ma wiele publikacji dotyczących naukowych aspektów strachu i optymizmu. O jej pracach naukowych dyskutowano m.in. na łamach czasopism: „Economist”, „New Scientist”, „New York Times” czy „Times”.