Neurohype: Do All the Answers to Improving Mental Health Lie Within the Brain?

Free Public Lecture

Neurohype: Do All the Answers to Improving Mental Health Lie Within the Brain?

Auditorium, Melbourne Brain Centre
Kenneth Myer Building
Royal Parade

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Neuroscience and neuro-psychiatry have seized the public’s imagination, and although there are incredible developments in these fields increasing our collective understanding of who we are as humans, is this the only answer to understanding and improving mental health?

We are bombarded with headlines such as ‘What Serotonin has to do with Depression’ and '7 Mindfulness Techniques that Literally Rewire your Brain'. Increasingly we are finding an excess of ‘neuro-hype’ in the media, which may lead people to believe that the brain in isolation is responsible for our mental health. What are the implications of this? Does this affect how we view mental health challenges?

In this public seminar, we explore the promises and pitfalls of relying solely on neuropsychology to explain mental health challenges.

This event is being recorded for the Big Ideas program on the ABC.

Presenters

  •  Katharine Annear
    Katharine Annear, Chair of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network Australia, and Co-convener of Women with Disabilities South Australia
  •  Cath Roper
    Cath Roper, Consumer academic at the University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Lisa Brophy
    Associate Professor Lisa Brophy, Principal Research Fellow at Mind Australia
  • Professor Nick Haslam
    Professor Nick Haslam, The University of Melbourne