Professor Dianne Catherwood will be opening the University of Gloucestershire’s inaugural lecture series on Wednesday December 4 with her lecture entitled Exploring the Human Mind: From the Cradle to the Fireground.

A Professor of Psychology, she has devoted her academic career to understanding how the brain allows us to sense, feel and think. She has studied these questions in controlled laboratory situation with infants and adults as well as in real-world contexts from remote Australian schools to the British Fire and Rescue Service.

Dianne left Queensland University for a Senior Lectureship-Research Fellow post in Britain. She came to the University of Gloucestershire in 1999 and teaches psychological neuroscience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is also co-manager for the Centre of Research in Applied Cognition, Knowledge, Learning and Emotion (CRACKLE).

She said: “In this inaugural lecture, I will explain how the human brain has enormous potential even in the “cradle” in infancy and can withstand immense challenges in high-risk situations such as the fireground, but also has limitations which are ignored at our peril. My lecture will demonstrate both the power and the limits of the human mind and the brain which drives it.”

The lecture takes place on December 4, 2013 at 6pm. Refreshments are from 5pm at Elwes Reception, University of Gloucestershire, TC014, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH.

Admission is free but booking is essential. Please email [email protected] to reserve a place.

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Source: University of Gloucestershire