The Agony and the Ecstasy: An afternoon with Kent Berridge and Frederick Toates
London & South OUPS are delighted to present this half-day mini-conference, in which we have brought together two experts in the field of Motivation, Desire, Addiction and Obsession.
- Together with his colleague, Terry Robinson, Kent Berridge has revolutionized the area of motivation and desire. Their work at the University of Michigan forms a principal foundation of the contemporary study of addiction and their 1993 article, "The neural basis of drug craving: an incentive-sensitization theory of addiction" has achieved iconic status and represents one of the most, if not the most, heavily cited articles of all time in the addiction field. The team has coined two new expressions, now widely used throughout psychology: (i) incentive salience and (ii) wanting versus liking. As well as addiction, their research has been extensively applied to understanding depression, obesity and schizophrenia. In his talk Kent will bring us up to date on the latest findings of the team.
- The work of the Michigan team used as a principal foundation the ‘incentive motivation model’, proposed by Frederick Toates in his 1980 paper "The modelling of incentive motivation processes". Frederick's talk will describe his research in the field, and will set the work of Berridge and Robinson into a broader and historical context.
Professor Kent C. Berridge (University of Michigan)
Kent is a professor of biopsychology and neuroscience at the University of Michigan in the U.S.A. and joint winner of the 2018 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.
Professor Frederick Toates (The Open University)
Frederick is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Open University and President of OUPS. His research concerns motivation and emotion and the application of basic principles to understanding a wide range of behaviour, including addictions and obsessions. His latest publication“ A framework for understanding sexual violence: Incentive-motivation and hierarchical control” appeared in the journal 'Aggression and Violent Behavior'.
- The event comprises two lectures with the opportunity to ask questions.
- Registration will take place in the ground floor reception area from 1.00pm.
- Talks start at 2.00pm in the Thai Theatre (LG.03) on the lower floor.
- Tea and coffee breaks allow attendees to take time to socialise at the venue.
- The day finishes at around 5.00pm.
Some of the things delegates have said about previous LOUPS Conferences.
"This was an excellent conference, very impressive range of highly qualified speakers and a very well run event."
"Many thanks to all the committee for making such a brilliant one day conference happen."
"I found all the talks truly fascinating and very much worthwhile. ... All the speakers were brilliant ..."
"Great event, covered a very interesting range of topics."
Please note that attendance to this event is restricted to 60 places, and tickets on the day, subject to availability, will be £25 (no member discount).
We therefore recommend that you book in advance to benefit from our members discount (if applicable).
The New Academic Building,
London School of Economics,
54 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
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Travel and directions
The nearest underground station is Holborn, approx. five minutes walk away.