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2012 Seminar Series

Title: ‘Is happiness good for the heart? An investigation into the psychobiological mechanisms linking well-being and cardiovascular disease’

Speaker: Ms Sophie Bostock

Date & Time: Friday 27th  April 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38


Earlier this month, the United Nations convened its first global conference on happiness. Well-being is increasingly seen as a more important marker of societal progress than Gross Domestic Product. But is there more to happiness than the experience of feeling good? Do positive emotions lead to better health outcomes, as the UN World Happiness Report suggests?

This PhD investigates the psychobiological mechanisms linking well-being and cardiovascular disease using a series of experimental studies. The presentation will consider how to define and measure well-being, the prospective evidence linking happiness to cardiovascular outcomes and the biological mechanisms which may be involved. The findings of a pilot study to promote well-being using a mindfulness meditation app will be presented and the plan for a larger randomised-controlled workplace trial (in progress).

Sophie obtained a Bachelor of Medicine from Nottingham University followed by an MSc in Entrepreneurship, Science and Technology from Nottingham Business School. Before starting her PhD, Sophie worked in a public sector consultancy role providing strategic communications advice to several government departments.  This research is funded by a 4-year British Heart Foundation PhD studentship in cardiovascular biomedicine.

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