The New Neuroscience of Mental Health | How To Academy

Tue, 19 September 2023

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

The New Neuroscience of Mental Health

Cambridge Neuroscientist Camilla Nord In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

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There are many routes to wellbeing. Camilla Nord joins us with a tour of the scientific and technological developments that are revolutionising the ways we think about mental health.

We commonly misperceive mental health as being all in the mind, and physical pain in the body; but neuroscientist Camilla Nord’s groundbreaking research presents a new view of mental health – one that reframes mental health as an intricate, self-regulating process which is different for all of us.

In doing so, she reveals why treatments, from therapy to medication, work for some of us and not for others; and how the small things we do to lift our mood during the course of a day – a piece of chocolate, a coffee, chatting to a friend – often work on the same pathways in our brain as the latest pharmacological treatments for mental health disorders.

What is the relationship between depression and chronic pain, and should we treat physical ailments with talking cures? What does laughter do to the brain, and where is your ‘hedonic hot spot’? Is ‘hangry’ a real thing? Camilla will answer all these questions and more, and show us that there are more possibilities for recovery and resilience than we might think.

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Camilla Nord


Camilla Nord leads the Mental Health Neuroscience Lab at the University of Cambridge. Her work has been featured in the New Statesman, on Sky News and BBC Radio Four’s The Naked Scientist.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.