VENUE/Áit: The Courthouse
DATE/Dáta: 30th April
Ian Robertson is Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and was the founding director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, as well as Dean of Research of Trinity College from 2004-2007. A former regular science contributor to the London Times, he was also a columnist for the British Medical Journal, and his multiply-translated popular science books include ‘Mind Sculpture’, ‘The Mind’s Eye’, and ‘The Winner Effect’.
“Stress can make you emotionally stronger and mentally sharper – that is the discovery I made when I set out to make sense of my 30 years of research. We have all heard the expression “what doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger” and the remarkable fact is that this is true, within limits.”
Robertson’s new book The Stress Test explains what these limits are and comes up with a dizzying conclusion about emotional resilience – too little stress can be as bad for you as too much stress. Stress acts like a drug that changes the chemistry of our brains, but like many drugs, it only works at the right dose – too little or too much, disrupts the brain. There is a ‘sweet spot’ of stress that “ups our game” not only emotionally, but also in terms of memory and focus.
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