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Psychogeography – can our postcodes predict our mental health?



The Barbican Centre


How much does your postcode tell you about your psyche?

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Epidemiology, the study of how often diseases occur in different groups of people and why, allows researchers to pinpoint the underlying causes of disease by viewing populations as a whole. The explosion in data collection across societies has allowed researchers to spot the causes and spread of diseases by stepping back to take the wider view.

Join Dr James Kirkbride and Emily Sargent, Senior Curator at Wellcome Collection, who will be discussing how one of the greatest factors for our mental health is where we live.

Not only can the type of built environment we live in – from concrete housing estate to leafy suburb – influence our mental well-being, but our cultural communities or how far removed we are from them can also play a role.

Dr James Kirkbride is a UCL based epidemiologist whose research is funded by the Royal Society.

Emily Sargent is curator of 'Living with Buildings', Wellcome Collection's recent exhibition about health and architecture.

This Café Scientifique is an open scientific discussion. The Cafés are dialogue-based and allow time for discussion between and amongst the audience and the speaker, where you’re encouraged not just to bring an enquiring mind, but your own thoughts and answers to the questions.

Attending this event

This event is part of the Royal Society's year-long partnership with the Barbican's Life Rewired season.

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