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Bestselling author, world leading psychologist and expert adviser on wellbeing in international public policy, Seligman considers the role of imagination and creativity in shaping the future, and how does this change as we get older?

Renowned social psychologist, Professor Roy F. Baumeister, is among the most prolific and most heavily cited psychologists in the world, with over 500 publications. His 31 books include the New York Times bestseller Willpower. Baumeister looks at how we make decisions. Do habits and past events determine our behaviour, or are we able to choose between different imagined futures to create complex plans that can be realised?

by Amy Wrzesniewski, 2014

Rarely are jobs designed to match the talents, preferences, and aspirations of the individual. Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management, discussed the art and science of job crafting. Wrzesniewski studied hospital maintenance workers to look at how job crafting affected their work experience and morale. She set up two groups - one simply followed the job description while the second was asked to take on other, related tasks of their own choosing. Differences between the two groups were significant - the second group found meaning in their work and saw themselves and their purpose as radically different from their counterparts. Allowing an employee to influence work scope changes the meaning of that work, and allows them to take ownership of their job. Wrzesniewski’s work shows that job crafting can foster engagement, job satisfaction, and resilience.

by George Vaillant, 2014

Professor George Vaillant delivers his fascinating lecture: 75 Years in the Making - The Importance of Relationships to Health, Resilience and Successful Ageing at the OnePlusOne Edith Dominian Memorial Lecture.

by George Vaillant, 2014

As a psychiatrist and professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Research at the Department of Psychiatry, George Eman Vaillant M.D. has a lot of duties. To add to them, he has been responsible for the Grant Study, the longest longitudinal study of human development ever undertaken. Since 1938, this study has been keeping a very close eye on 200 diverse men.

One of the men, Godfrey Camille, was particularly interesting. Emotionally crippled and lonely as a youngster, Godfrey was accustomed to exhibiting negative coping styles like hypochondria, narcissism and displacement. All of these emotional issues took a toll on him in life, making it difficult for him to truly connect to others. However at the time of his death, he was 82 and in the middle of an active game of squash. At the time of his death, he was a retired medical doctor with his own practice, a devoted husband and an exemplary father. His memorial service was packed with mourning friends. His children described him as a man who lived a very simple life, full of very rich relationships.

by Chandra Sripada, 2014

Chandra Sripada M.D. holds a joint appointment at the University of Michigan in Philosophy and Psychiatry. He uses neuroimaging to investigate questions in both fields, including the mechanisms of self-control, attention, and planning. In his session, Sripada asks: is thinking about the future a core brain process with its own networks of brain circuitry?

by Laurence Steinberg, 2012

An expert in adolescent psychology outlines the main features of bad parenting.

Question: What is bad parenting?
Laurence Steinberg: So when I say bad parenting, I mean parenting that is excessively harsh, parenting that is inconsistent, or parenting that is excessively permissive. And lots of times kids get all three of those things together. So their parents will swing from being really, really harsh and punitive to not even caring, and being what most of us would consider to be negligent. And so those three things, the harshness, the permissiveness and the inconsistency, all have been shown to contribute to antisocial behavior during adolescence.

by Laurence Steinberg, 2014

Dr. Laurence Steinberg speaks at Chapman University about his book Age of Opportunity. Steinberg uses new research to illustrate why adolescence is a pivotal time in a person’s development and life outcomes, as well as what we can do to “raise happier, more successful kids”.

by Laurence Steinberg, 2014

Dr. Laurence Steinberg, Temple University/Age Of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence, joins Thom Hartmann. We all know the stereotype: the unemployed millennial living at home with his parents, more interested in taking Instagram photos than getting a real job - does this match up with reality? What does Dr Steinberg’s research about young people these days tell us about the very concept of adolescence? What about the concept of adulthood?

by Laurence Steinberg, 2013

Adolescence is a time of change and maturation, but with that growth comes risky behaviors like alcohol and drug use and dangerous sexual behavior. What can be done to promote positive behavior among adolescents? Laurence Steinberg will discuss these questions as part of "The New Science of Adolescence: Understanding Risky Behavior." The speaker will look at recent studies that explain unsuccessful efforts to change behavior and what can be done to curb dangerous decisions.