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2017 - 2018 Semester 1

Date: Wednesday 20th September
Time: 3.15pm
Location: JN116
Speaker: Dr Fabio Sani, University of Dundee

Title: Group Identification and Mental Health: Exploring the Connections
Abstract: Researchers agree that humans have evolved to live in social groups. I will argue that group identification (i.e., a subjective sense of belonging and connectedness to the group) is linked to mental health. Specifically, the lower the number of social groups one identifies with, the greater the odds of being mentally distressed. I will also contend that, in turn, mental distress decreases one’s willingness to identify with groups. This implies that some people may become caught up in a ‘vicious cycle’, with lack of group identifications increasing vulnerability to depression over time, and depression making it more difficult to develop identification with social groups. To support this claim, I will present evidence stemming from a number of either cross-sectional or longitudinal investigations, including a study of a large community sample in Scotland. I will conclude with a discussion of the implications of my findings for the treatment of depression.


Date: Wednesday 11th October
Time: 3.15pm
Location: JN116
Speaker: Dr Leonardo Bevilacqua, UCL

Title: Conduct problems trajectories and psychosocial outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Abstract: There is increasing evidence that youth who follow the Early-Onset Persistent (EOP), Adolescent-Onset (AO) and Childhood-Limited (CL) trajectories of conduct problems show varying patterns of health, mental health, educational and social outcomes in adulthood. However there has been no systematic review and meta-analysis on outcomes associated with different conduct problems trajectories. We systematically reviewed the literature of longitudinal studies considering outcomes of three conduct problems trajectories: EOP, AO, CL compared with groups with low levels of aggression or control participants. We performed a series of meta-analyses comparing each trajectory group to low aggression or control groups for 8 different outcomes in early adulthood or later. 13 studies met our inclusion criteria. Outcomes were mental health (depression), cannabis use, alcohol use, self-reported aggression, official records of antisocial behaviour, poor general health, poor education and poor employment. Overall, EOP individuals showed significant higher risk of poor outcome followed by AO individuals, CL individuals and finally control participants. All conduct problems trajectories showed higher risk of poor psychosocial outcomes compared to control groups but the magnitude of risk differed across trajectories, with a general trend for the EOP to perform significantly worse, followed by the AO and CL. Early intervention is recommended across domains to maximise likelihood of desistance from antisocial behaviour and improvement on several psychosocial outcomes.



2016 - 2017  Semester 2  


Wednesday 21st June

Who: The Ageing Lab
Title: Interventions in Cognitive Ageing
Time: 13:30-15:30
Place: Mary Burton Building G.20

Monday 19th June

Who: Cameron Maitland-Warne (PhD student)
Title: Autism, Social Identity, and Depression
Time: 14:15-15:15
Place: WP315

Wednesday 19th April

Who: Thusha Rajendran and the SoCoRo project
Title: ‘Can people tell when their robot boss is annoyed with them?’
Time: 13.15-14.15
Place: WP110

Monday 20th March

Who: Alan Gow and Ria Vaportzis
Title: The Intervention Factory: exploring real-world activities as potential interventions for cognitive ageing
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
Place: ECGO2

Monday 6th March

Who: Monica Tamariz
Title: Experimental designs to study cultural evolution
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
Place: DB115