Institute for Policy and Engagement

Public lecture: That which does not kill us...

Chemistry X1, University of Nottingham NG7 2RD, University Park
Thursday 21st March 2024 (18:00-19:00)

For any questions about the public science lectures, please contact Hilary Collins or the Institute for Policy and Engagement.

Registration URL
A black and white image of a seated man shaking his head and wearing a white shirt

Examining the scientific evidence of the mantra 'That which does not kill us...' 

Thursday 21st March, X1 Chemistry Building, University Campus, University of Nottingham

Dr Laura Blackie, Associate Professor in Psychology


Perhaps surprisingly, researchers have found that people will frequently identify how aspects of their identity, relationships, and worldviews have changed in positive ways after experiencing an adverse or difficult event in their lives.

These positive changes, often referred to by researchers as post-traumatic growth, can involve a greater appreciation of life, greater clarity on priorities in life, or greater investment in the relationships that matter most to the person.

In this talk, Dr Laura Blackie will discuss the extent to which the scientific evidence supports that individuals' perceptions of post-traumatic growth are aligned with reality, and the challenges in studying this phenomena with the scientific method.


UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that joined us for the lecture. Missed the lecture? You can watch an audio recording free online here. 


This lecture is part of our monthy science public lecture series. These events showcase research from scientists at the University of Nottingham and are free and open to all! 

World-class research at the University of Nottingham

University Park

t: +44 (0) 115 951 5151