Reasons to be cheerful, well reasoned
WHAT makes us happy? Reading the human mind.
What led to French philosopher Michel de Montaigne thanking fortune for the pain he suffered? Or why did Mahler apparently stop composing after his meeting in Holland with Sigmund Freud?
To some extent, the ability to be happy is inherited, but social scientists have emphasized that various environmental influences – health, a stable society, economic advantages, play a major role. Professor Winston examines the role of brain imaging, hormone study, sexuality, child development, pharmacology and psychological research in understanding how science may help us be happier. Research suggests we tend to get happier as we get older. Can we make ourselves happier and if so, will knowledge of brain function and how we might manipulate it give us more fulfilled lives?
What? When? Where?
Professor Robert Winston Sunday, September 27 The Elgiva, St Mary’s Way, Chesham, HP5 1HR £14 (full) and £12 (conc) 01494 582 900 www.elgiva.com
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