December Postgraduate Research Seminar

Wednesday 16th December, 4.00pm-5.00pm, JL G008


4.00-4.10: Verity Postlethwaite, Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

Governance and Sports Organisations in the Present Day
Does a modern sports organisation behave like a traditionally classified institution? This presentation will argue that such a question can be answered productively by adopting the framework of socio-legal theory. The evidence and tools from this approach will be used to explore both the classification and governance that sports organisations demonstrate in the present day.


4.15-4.25: David Martin, Institute of Health & Society

Assessing the influence of adolescents’ levels of Emotional Intelligence in mediating attention to buffer stress.
Emotional Intelligence (EI) relates to individual differences in perceiving, regulating, and understanding emotions. Whilst EI has been linked to numerous benefits, little is known about how it confers these benefits. One possibility is that EI mediates how we attend to emotional stimuli, subsequently buffering the adverse effects of stress. This presentation will explore how some of these benefits can be effectively measured in an adolescent population.


4.30-4.40: Amy Perry, Department of Psychological Medicine

Identifying Risk Factors for Postpartum Mood Episodes in Bipolar Disorder – A Prospective Study
Women who have bipolar disorder are at particularly high risk of experiencing severe episodes of mood illness following childbirth, which can have devastating consequences for both mother and infant and their wider family. Despite this, there is a paucity of high-quality research exploring risk factors for postpartum mood episodes in this high risk group. This study is the first in the UK to explore risk factors for episodes of severe postpartum mental illness in a large sample of women with bipolar disorder using a prospective longitudinal design.


4.45-4.55: Tom Elliot, Institute of Science and the Environment

The Sacred and Profane: Stone Tool Procurement in the Mesolithic
This paper investigates stone tool procurement in the Mesolithic (c. 9600 to 4000 cal BC), which has traditionally been seen as a purely functional activity. By using ethnographic examples from around the world, this paper illustrates the wider cosmological and social aspects of this under-researched aspect of Mesolithic life. In addition, it provides greater archaeological depth to the study area of the Lower Wye Valley, by focusing on tools found along the southern Anglo-Welsh Border.