Research Festival: Changing the world one person at a time
  • Room 301, Link Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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Many health problems, such as obesity and medically unexplained symptoms, can be treated using psychological approaches. Experts from the Cognition Institute show how scientific approaches to understanding human behaviour can help us lose weight and approach illnesses such as fibromyalgia in effective and exciting new ways.

Most of the interventions used every day are rooted in cutting-edge research that investigates the mechanisms which underpin human behaviour. We will also discuss training options available for healthcare professionals, and technological innovations to help services reach more people, all which draws from this robust research.

Gain insight into new ways of improving quality of life by supporting people to take care of their physical and mental health, with talks:

  • Using Functional Imagery Training (FIT) to tackle obesity by Professor Jackie Andrade, accompanied by a demonstration of the FIT tool’s hologram ‘Linda’

  • Supporting adults with visible difference: the use of FaceIT@home by Dr Alyson Norman accompanied by a demonstration of FaceIT

  • Body Reprogramming: the relationship between the body and mind to help illnesses with unexplained symptoms, by Professor Michael Hyland, accompanied by a demonstration.

Who is this event for?
This event will be suitable for healthcare professionals, including NHS staff, and University staff who may want to hear the latest research, and learn some techniques that can be applied in your own work.

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Functional Imagery Training (FIT)

Functional Imagery Training is a unique approach to behaviour change that uses mental imagery to motivate change. FIT teaches people new ways of thinking about their immediate future to help them stay motivated.

FIT is a new way of supporting behaviour change by strengthening motivation.

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Body reprogramming

Body reprogramming comes from a new way of thinking about the body, called ‘the Hyland model’. The model is based on the founding principles of systems biology and complexity theory and where the body is understood as a biologically intelligent system.

Body reprogramming is a course provided by the NHS which is designed to help people with a central sensitivity syndrome, such as, fibromyalgia.

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Face IT

Developed and evaluated by Dr Alyson Norman. Face IT is an online psychosocial intervention for adults with disfiguring condition.

Face IT enables an individual to test out social situations that might otherwise be difficult in public.

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Our researchers

Cognition Institute

An innovative interdisciplinary research environment, which brings together researchers from a broad range of disciplines toward the understanding of human cognition.

Our expertise includes cognitive psychology, neural sciences, medicine, social sciences, biology, robotics and computational neuroscience.

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Research Festival 2020: 20–24 January 2020

Celebrating the very best of Plymouth's rich and varied research, creating an impact - from local to global.

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