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Health Psychology Seminars

The Health Psychology section hosts regular open seminars to share the latest research of colleagues within the section and of visiting speakers from other institutions. The seminars are free and open to all staff, students, practitioners and members of the public with an interest in the subject. Seminars run for 1 hour and include an opportunity for the speaker to take questions. Visitors are encouraged to meet our staff and continue the discussions informally over light refreshments after each seminar.


Health Psychology Seminar Room, 5th Floor Bermondsey Wing, Guys Hospital SE1 9RT (entrance via Lifts/Stairs D)
Nearest public transport: London Bridge.



2018/19 Psychology Research Seminars

2018/19 Psychology Research Seminars

Thursday, 18th October 2018 Prof. Suzanne Segerstrom "Between the Error Bars: Personality and Health"
Tuesday, 6th November 2018 Dr Carrie Llewellyn TBC
Tuesday, 4th December 2018 Prof. Chris Eccleston TBC
Tuesday, 15th January 2019 Prof. Chris Dickens


Tuesday, 5th February 2019 Dr Jo Waller TBC
Tuesday, 5th March 2019 TBC TBC

Tuesday, 2nd April 2019

Tuesday, 7th May 2019 TBC TBC
Tuesday, 4th June 2019 TBC



Next Psychology Research Seminar

Thursday, 18th October 2018

16:30 - 17:30 followed by networking reception until 18:00

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Between the Error Bars: Personality and Health

Speaker: Prof. Suzanne Segerstrom, University of Kentucky


Personality science has evolved from an understanding of personality as fixed traits to one that acknowledges that personality is dynamic. Dynamic approaches to conceptualizing and measuring personality and individual differences can enrich personality-health research. I will consider how different formulations of personality – stable traits, stable signals in a noisy or variable measure, within-person changes, and intraindividual variability – can be implemented to better understand how personality is related to health and particularly to immune function. These approaches recognize and, in some cases, capitalize on the fact that personality is capable of variability as well as stability. They also require repeated measurement and therefore greater methodological sophistication that considers reliability and generalizability, Simpson’s paradox and ergodicity, and the difference between variability and flexibility. Dynamic qualities of personality and individual differences potentially influence health, and designs and methodology that incorporate them can illuminate the important processes that occur inside the error bars.



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