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On the Couch: When mindfulness meets comedy


Dr Elena Antonova, Lecturer in Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, talks exclusively to comedian and mental health campaigner Professor Ruby Wax in this frank yet funny video about mental health and the role that mindfulness and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) has played in her life.

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Refugee Mental Health


Today, we’re delighted to welcome guest contributor Sohail Jannesari – a PhD student at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, looking at the effects of the asylum process on mental health in Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers.

This blog post is about refugee mental health and what’s an appropriate comparison group to assess improvements (concluding that we should ask refugees to decide what an appropriate comparison is).

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12 Myth-busting facts about an online master’s at the IoPPN

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Online learning can be a bit of a mystery.

Sometimes we compare it (unfairly) to on-campus courses that sound similar, and on other occasions, we rely too heavily on hearsay and anecdotal information in the absence of accuracy and facts.

So, we’re here to put that right!

“Separating online study facts from fiction”

This brand new infosheet is your handy guide to common misconceptions about studying online at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

It covers a dozen questions/concerns that you may typically have around:

  • Time commitments
  • The wording on your certificate
  • What tech you’ll need to get studying

Download your free myth-busting infosheet.

Blog Spot: Mental Health at Work

Our Blog Spot feature highlights individual blogs that have caught our attention through our shared interest in psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience.

This week, we introduce you to the IoPPN Blog – Undergraduate & Postgraduate Perspectives which is a student-run blog for prospective and current students alike. It allows readers to get an insight into life at King’s, what it’s like to study in London, and to share their thoughts as psychology students.

To mark  #WorldMentalHealthDay today (10 October 2017), read why they feel “It is time to talk about mental health and wellbeing and break the culture of silence in the workplace.”

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Pain Management: an experiment

A European survey of more than 45,000 people in 16 countries revealed that almost 1 in 5 of the European population suffers chronic pain i.e. moderate or severe pain that persists for more than 6 months.*

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Tickets available now! Embracing Madness: 28 October 2017

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How many times have you used that expression or have heard someone say it to you?  Perhaps it was meant as a joke, or perhaps it was very much designed to be an insult.

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On the Couch: neuroscience in society

Welcome to back to our On the Couch series of interviews.

In this episode, we join Dr Daniel Glaser (Director, Science Gallery at Kings College London and module lead for Neuroscience in Society) together with former King’s student Dr Tara Swart (Neuroscientist, medical doctor and leadership coach) as they discuss the role of neuroscience in the workplace.

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Can CBT provide a solution to procrastination?


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.

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The Psychology of Action Plan Enactment


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?


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Paranoia: How an app is helping patients to cope

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

SlowMo phone app

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  >>

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