In a collaboration with Cancer Rehab Austin, Breast Cancer Resource Center and Regarding Cancer:
World renowned researcher Dr. James Pennebaker presents on the topic of writing and it’s impact on health and immune function.
Unexpected upheavals affect every part of our lives. Some issues, such as the diagnosis of cancer and other health issues, can be hard to talk about with others. Several studies over the last two decades have shown that putting emotions into words can promote physical and mental health.
In this talk, Dr. James Pennebaker will talk about ways of thinking about and practicing expressive writing that improve health and immune function.
Refreshments will be available starting at 11:30.
Bio—Dr. James W. Pennebaker
James W. Pennebaker is the Regents Professor of Psychology and Executive Director of a university-wide educational initiative called Project 2021 at The University of Texas at Austin. Pennebaker’s earliest work examined the psychology of physical symptoms. The symptom research ultimately led to his discovery of expressive writing which found that writing about emotional upheavals improved physical health and immune function. More recent studies have explored natural language. He finds that everyday word use is related to personality, deception, status, group dynamics, and emotional states. He is now working with his university’s senior administration to rethink 21 st century education models. Author or editor of 10 books and over 300 scientific articles, Pennebaker has received several university and international awards for his research and teaching. His most recent books are The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us (Bloomsbury, 2011) and Opening Up by Writing it Down (Guilford, 2016).