Welcome to Eastbourne Sceptics in the Pub.

At Sceptics in the Pub local and national experts in their field present and then discuss a topic in a friendly and relaxed environment...a pub!

The common theme for all the talks is scepticism (or skepticism if you prefer), which in broad terms means bringing a scientific, evidence based approach to examine common beliefs and misconceptions. You can find out more about skeptics here.


We charge £3.00 for tickets to cover running costs and speakers travel expenses. Tickets go on sale online (with an additional booking fee) a few weeks before the next event  or may be purchased at the door on the night.

We hope you will come and have a drink with us.


For the duration of the BBC series "Bang goes the Theory", Sceptics events will be listed on the BBC activities website. See the relevant link for each individual talk.

Dr Catherine Sebastian

Wednesday, August 20 2014 at 8:00PM

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1 Grange Road
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Dr Catherine Sebastian

What's the talk about?

The term 'teenager' is a 20th Century invention, but conceptions of adolescence as a time of emotional upheaval, peer influence and risk-taking can be found throughout history. Recent brain imaging evidence suggests that this might not just be down to 'hormones', as considerable brain development is still taking place during the teenage years. I will start by describing the changes occurring in the brain during this time, and will then talk about how brain development may influence behaviour. I would like to explore the idea that, while adolescence may be a time of vulnerability to mood and behaviour problems, it is also an exciting opportunity for learning and developing adult capacities. How can we best take advantage of this opportunity?


Dr Catherine Sebastian is a Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she directs the Emotion, Development and Brain Lab. She is interested in how young people learn to regulate or control their emotions, how brain development may contribute to this process, and how this ability relates to wellbeing and mental health.

More info can be found here: www.pc.rhul.ac.uk/sites/edbl/