The Psychology of Self Belief NovemberNov 14 2022 13:45 UTCCarlow, Ireland

Carlow College, St. Patrick's invites you to a public lecture by Lecturer in Psychology, Dr Sean Boyle, exploring the positive and negative effects of self-belief on human performance.

Fear often stops us from experiencing new things. As a behavioural scientist within the field of human fear research, I have witnessed hundreds of research volunteers take what they perceived to be the safe option rather than risk any possible negative consequences. In reality, there was no negative consequence within the experiment, but they never discovered that!

In his book “How confidence works”, Professor Ian Robertson proposed that anxiety simply ‘stops you from doing new stuff’. Within the book he highlighted a number of interesting psychological studies which examined the positive and negative effects of self-belief on human performance.

Combining my own research with these studies, this public lecture will demonstrate how anxiety inhibits individual levels of performance, and how confidence is likely to promote it. The talk will also examine the underlying behaviours which can promote self-confidence and individual self-belief. Finally, it will argue that self-belief can be learned by using simple techniques and strategies.

About the Presenter

Dr Sean Boyle completed all of his academic education within the Department of Psychology at Maynooth University. In 2015, he was awarded the John & Pat Hume Ph.D. Scholarship in Psychology to continue his research into the development and generalisation of fear in humans.

Sean has published a number of peer-reviewed articles in Psychology and has presented his research findings at academic conferences in Ireland and Europe. He has previously taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at Maynooth University and Dublin Business School.

Sean’s main research interests are in the areas of fear, anxiety and individual differences. However, he takes a very active interest in topics within Behavioural Science (consumer behaviour), Organisational Psychology (performance, leadership & motivation) and Creativity research

Notice to attendees

This event will be presented on-campus in Cobden Hall at Carlow College, St Patrick's. The lecture audio will be recorded.

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