We all procrastinate, it’s a fact.
Pushing the ‘top of the to-do list task’ further down the list and doing anything else, as long as it is not the one thing which really needs doing. For most of us, although frustrating, it’s not a major issue, but for some, procrastination can cause real problems, affecting lives and leading to anxiety, stress and guilt.
It has been suggested that individuals with chronic conditions can benefit from formulating plans to engage in regular physical activity, however, the success of these plans have rarely been evaluated.
So, what can be learned from studying aggregated behaviour to aid successful plan enactment?
How would you feel if you thought that somebody wanted to cause you harm? What if you felt that you were being watched or followed? What if you were hearing threatening voices all the time? Professor Phillipa Garety and Dr Amy Hardy from the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (IoPPN) ask us to consider what these concerns may feel like to experience, plus a new way in which technology can help us to understand and manage our worries.
SlowMo – the first digital therapy app for paranoia
In a collaboration between the IoPPN and the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, this brilliantly simple yet effective mobile app is already having a positive effect on people with severe mental health problems.
Watch how the SlowMo therapy app works >>
This autumn, on Saturday 28 October 2017, marks the third, consecutive TEDx event to be held at King’s College London and the theme for this year is Embracing Madness .
Many of us feel a sense of unease around the word ‘madness’ and the negative connotations associated with it, so this event aims to put a very different spin on the word and challenge our perceptions of what it means to be ‘mad’.
Calling all psychiatrists, psychologists and those interested in mental health
If you’re seeking an opportunity to discover the most current advances in clinical and academic psychiatry and also to meet and network with dynamic, like-minded colleagues from around the world, do join us at the 17th Annual Maudsley Forum in London this autumn.
When asked to think about the many challenges that humanity is likely to face in the next 30 – 50 years, what immediately springs to your mind? Climate change? Population growth? Increasing geopolitical tensions perhaps?
Much further down the list for many of us however, is a very important debate that scientists are having today – the ethics of genome editing technology.
Last week saw the welcome return of the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition – a free, week long festival in London that celebrates the cutting edge of UK science.
A particular exhibit generating a great deal of attention, explored the potential for virtual reality (VR) to be used to help children and young people to cope with anxiety.
Dr Charlotte Gayer-Anderson, Postdoctoral Research Associate at King’s College London, spoke to Alex Morgan, from Sky New’s technology show SWIPE, “We want to get an idea of how young people feel in social situations, but our plan is to develop this [canteen] environment into a therapy, so for children who are particularly anxious in social situation, and over therapeutic sessions with a psychologist, we can manipulate the environment to increase the level of stress.”
…but you’re unsure where to begin? We’re here to help!
Returning to study at postgraduate level is rarely a simple decision. Your thoughts can vary from “It’s been such a long time. Can I cope with the advanced levels of learning?” to “Where on earth will I find the time?” , “How does online learning actually work?” or perhaps you’re thinking “Can I afford it?”
In the Enrolment Team at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (IoPPN), our responsibilities are to ensure that you have as much information as possible and that we answer every single question or concern that you may have – allowing you to make an informed decision.
The RADAR-epilepsy project is one of ten work packages in the Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse in Central Nervous System Disorders (RADAR-CNS) consortium, funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 scheme.
The project aims to acquire, manage and analyse multimodal data using advanced technology to remotely monitor multiple parameters in people with epilepsy, in order to improve clinical outcomes.