Annual Conference - The psychology of Desire
Every year OUPS holds an applied psychology conference, inviting top psychologists to talk on a specific area of psychology to give delegates the opportunity to hear experts in the field present up to date research on a specific area of psychology and to provide a forum for informed discussion.
Our Annual Conference in 2017, for OU students and anyone with an interest in the subject, will be on the ‘Psychology of Desire.’ This will encompass a range of desires and will be presented to be of interest to both academics and lay persons.
We have some eminent speakers who will be presenting their research and integrating with the broad theme of desire. OUPS President Frederick Toates, a prize-winning author, will introduce the conference, looking at similarities across desires and explaining how is it possible to want something even when we no longer like it
From Holland, Stephanie Both will be talking about human sexual desire, when things goes right and wrong, and Lance Workman will look at this from an evolutionary perspective.
Jon May will talk about how to help people change desires in the light of their goals and Aldo Badiani will discuss desires, incentives and the influence of the environment.
Morten Kringelbach will speak on the topic of desire, music, dance and the brain. We will also learn about the influence of the heart on cognition, emotion and desire from Sarah Garfinkle. Neil Frude will add some humour before dinner with ‘Desire: Delights, Dangers and Denial.’ Finally, bestselling author Marc Lewis will critique the medical model of addiction as a disease, in his talk ‘Addiction: a standoff between desire and dread’.
So if you are interested in why we desire the things we do and what we can do about it, we hope that you will consider booking. Our conferences provide great opportunities to learn, socialise and network.
We have an excellent line up of confirmed speakers:
- Frederick Toates, The Open University
- Neil Frude, University of Cardiff
‘Desire: Delights, Dangers and Denial’
- Morten Kringelbach, Universities of Oxford and Arhus, Denmark
‘Desire, pleasure music, dance and the brain’
- Jon May, University of Plymouth
‘How desire can help people change by keeping their goals in mind’
- Lance Workman, University of South Wales
'Human sexuality - insights from evolutionary psychology'
- Aldo Badiani, University of Sussex
‘Desires, incentives and addiction’
- Stephanie Both, Leiden University, Netherlands
‘Sexual desire: when things go right or go wrong’
- Sarah Garfinkel, University of Sussex
‘The influence of the heart on emotion and cognition: implications for desire’
- Marc Lewis, Radboud University, Netherlands
‘Addiction (in mind and brain): a standoff between desire and dread’
OUPS welcomes submissions for poster presentations from delegates to this conference.
The theme should relate to the psychology of desire, bearing in mind that the conference attracts a wide-ranging audience, not all of them being devotees of the conference theme. In other words, the content should be accessible to a wide range of psychologists.
The cost covers an ensuite room for the whole weekend. A discounted rate is available for OUPS members.
There are no extra costs involved (except for drinks at the bar!). All meals, including Friday night and Saturday night dinner, are included, along with refreshments at break times, welcome drink on Friday night and Saturday night disco.
Non-residential places are available for a reduced price, all meals are still included.
Day rates for the conference can be given on application.
The weekend takes place at Scarman House, The University of Warwick. Both accommodation and lectures are located in the same building unless you have been informed otherwise.
Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking.
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Travel and directions
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