Here you'll find information about my latest talks and presentations as well as updates on forthcoming events and activities.
keynote address - Techkriti'17
I gave the keynote address (via VC) at Techkriti'17, the annual technical and entrepreneurial festival of IIT, held at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India.
I took part in an episode of The Anthill, a podcast from The Conversation, on a story about how one person’s waste can be another person’s treasure.
When Trump met Merkel
I analysed the nonverbal communication between Angela Merkel and Donald Trump when they met at the White House, by invitation of the BBC in Washington.
I was invited to contribute to the British Science Association's new campaign ‘Science, not just for scientists: 100’ which aims to generate 100 ideas to make science a more fundamental part of culture and society.
I wrote a piece for the Conversation on Donald Trump's handshake.
psychology of queuing
I did an interview on BBC Breakfast on the psychology of queuing. Some new research from UCL has investigated the social organisation of the queue and the rules that govern people's satisfaction levels and willingness to wait or leave the queue.
I did an interview with BBC Wales about a new smartphone app developed by MIT which uses various physiological measures to tell the wearer when they are being 'boring' in conversation.
'the divided self'
I did an interview with IAFOR about 'the divided self'; it has now been loaded onto YouTube.
Trump and May
I did a piece on the body language of Donald Trump and Theresa May, as they met for the first time in Washington, for the i on Saturday the 28th January and an interview on BBC 5-live that day on the same topic.
Financial Times contribution
I contributed to a piece in the Financial Times which looked at people's 'financial personality types'.
I've just been taken on by Room54 as a motivational speaker specialising in psychology and body language.
My latest book 'Rethinking Body Language' is now a psychology bestseller for Routledge.
Trump piece included in a collected volume on the U.S. election 2016
My piece on the body language of Donald Trump during the second Presidential debate has appeared in a collected volume on the U.S. election 2016.
Stress and Travel
I did a series of radio and TV interviews on behalf of Virgin Trains discussing the relative stress levels of travelling by train versus driving.
work profiled in Charaktery
A major profile of my work on gesture appeared in this month's addition of the popular Polish psychology magazine 'Charaktery'.
I have been invited to give a keynote address at the European Congress on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences organised by IAFOR and to be held in Brighton in July 2017.
Trump article reprinted in Newsweek
My article on Trump's bullying tactics in the second Presidential debate was reprinted in Newsweek.
My book ‘The Psychology of Language and Communication’ written with Andy Ellis is to be reprinted in the Psychology Press/Routledge classic editions series (alongside the classic book on perception by J.J Gibson).
Article for 'The Conversation'
I wrote a piece for 'The Conversation' on Donald Trump's bullying tactics in the second Presidential debate.
Did a book launch for my new book 'Rethinking Body Language. How Hand Movements Reveal Hidden Thoughts' (Routledge) at Edge Hill University on the 12th October.
Annual Conference of the Semiotic Society of America Presentation
I presented a paper on 'The Semiotics of Climate Change' at the 41st Annual Conference of the Semiotic Society of America in Delray Beach in Florida in late September.
Multi-modal human communication
I conducted a series of radio interviews on the nature of multi-modal human communication and how people use digital communication for everyday communication but not for some of the more important things in life that conversations are particularly suited to.
Russian TV Interview
I did an interview with Russia's Central Television program with Vadim Takmenev, which is the top current affairs and news programme in the former Soviet Union.
Belfast Telegraph Article
The Belfast Telegraph asked me to write a piece on the horrific family murder in County Cavan, where a father murdered his wife and children, before committing suicide.
The body language of Donald Trump
I did some analyses of the body language of Donald Trump for Euronews.
Risk Taking in Politics
I wrote a piece for the Belfast Telegraph about why politicians are prone to taking such risks in their personal and professional lives - from Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office to Michael Gove knifing Boris Johnson in front of the television cameras.
Summer Diets - Fact or Fiction?
I appeared on the ITV 'Tonight' programme on the subject of 'Summer Diets - Fact or Fiction?' with Catherine Tyldesley from Coronation Street.
Body language of politicians
I was interviewed on BBC Cumbria about the body language of politicians on Theresa May's first day as Prime Minister.
Getting the most out of a holiday
I was interviewed on BBC Radio Ulster about the psychology of getting the most out of a holiday.
Psychology Author of the Month
Geoff Beattie, Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University, has been named Psychology Author of the Month for June, by the education publisher Routledge.
Belfast Telegraph Article
I wrote a piece for the Belfast Telegraph about Sheffield Wednesday reaching the play-off finals and what it meant to my daughter Zoe.
Rethinking Body Language Published
Hand movements are known to reflect aspects of our thinking, but these may reveal more than we intend, explains an Edge Hill professor in a ground-breaking new book.
Radio Lancashire Interview
I did an interview with BBC Radio Lancashire about the role of white lies in everyday life and the white lies parents tell their children.
Professor Geoff Beattie has just become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Impact of the Eleven Plus
I wrote another piece for the Belfast Telegraph about the Eleven Plus, and how it affects lives, including my own.
I wrote another piece for the Belfast Telegraph about the tragic event in Buncrana.
The Power of Towie
I appeared in an ITV documentary on Sunday 13th March commenting on the psychological attraction of the scripted reality show 'The Only Way is Essex' (ITVBe 9pm).
Mother's Day Article
I wrote a piece for the Belfast Telegraph to celebrate Mother's Day.
Play for Adults
I was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland discussing the role of play for adults.
Interview with Dr. Carlos Vazquez
I did an interview with Dr. Carlos Vazquez, the host of the new U.S. based daily 2 hour news talk show- "Therapycable Live"! which explores the many facets of human behavior such as "the mind of an athlete", "what is consciousness ?", "Do we need God?" , "Psychology of a dictator", "The mind of a terrorist", and more.
BBC Radio 5 Live
I did an interview with BBC Radio 5 live on the subject of the reported difficulties that some parents apparently have with their son or daughter dating someone of a different political persuasion to themselves.
What do Kanye West’s tweets reveal about his inner thoughts?
Kanye West is seldom out of the spotlight.
Battle of the Somme Article
I wrote another article for the Belfast Telegraph about the other side of the Battle of the Somme, that iconic battle for those from Northern Ireland - that great blood sacrifice for those from the 36th Ulster Division.
I started writing for the Belfast Telegraph in December.
The psychology of instant financial decisions.
I conducted a number of radio and press interviews on behalf of Barclays on how the public often make instantaneous decisions about financial offers.
Chinese psychology bestseller
The Chinese translation of 'Get the Edge: How Simple Changes Will Transform Your Life' is a psychology bestseller in China.
Gender-related implicit bias in the Fire and Rescue Service
I gave a keynote talk at a recent conference themed around 'The Contribution Women make to a safer Staffordshire', organised by the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Mourinho's Body Language
I carried out some analyses of Jose Mourinho's body language for BBC Sport.
Rethinking Body Language - Book Cover
Book cover for my new book 'Rethinking Body Language. How Hand Movements Reveal Hidden Thoughts'.
Rise of the Smartphone
I was on BBC Breakfast talking about the rise and rise of the smartphone. There are arguments now from psychology that we are 'addicted' to social media and other applications given the ease of access with 4G.
UN Conference Presentation
I presented out research on the implications of implicit attitudes to low carbon at odds with self-reported attitudes at the United Nations Conference 'Our Common Future Under Climate Change' held at UNESC0 Headquarters in Paris from the 7th to the 10th July.
I gave the opening keynote lecture at the International Academic Forum's European Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences in Brighton on the 7th July.
Radio Lancashire Appearance
I appeared on BBC Radio Lancashire discussing the importance of the 'inner game' to tennis success during the first week of Wimbledon.
Our Racist Heart has been reviewed in the journal 'Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy': 'In this unique book, author Geoffrey Beattie juxtaposes stories of his youth in Northern Ireland, during which he experienced and observed prejudice on the basis of social class and religion, with descriptions of a sampling of theory and research relevant to implicit prejudice.
Climate Change Conference
I gave a paper at the 21st Annual Conference of the International Environmental Association in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from the 10th-13th June on cognitive biases in how we process climate change messages.
The Inner Game of Tennis
I was flattered to be asked to write the introduction to a new edition of Timothy Gallwey's multi-million selling book 'The Inner Game of Tennis'. This book was a “game-changer” in the world of sports psychology, originally published in 1974, it anticipated much of the current thinking in psychology about how the human mind works in terms of two basic systems, one conscious and one unconscious. It is the unconscious system that is often the problem, in both sport and in life.
I did an interview on BBC Radio Lancashire on the 30th April on the factors that affect voters' decision making, one week before the General Election.
A new major research article has been published in the leading international journal Semiotica.
I did an interview on the BBC News channel on the afternoon of the 2nd April discussing in more detail how the patterns of interaction might evolve in the Leaders' Debate that evening, and how the gender composition of the panel could influence the behaviour of the various politicians.
I appeared on BBC Breakfast on the 2nd April discussing what to look out for in terms of body language in that night's Leaders Debate. The format of the Leaders Debate involving seven political leaders brings a number of different dimensions to televised political discourse in this country.
I appeared on BBC Radio Lancashire on the 1st of April discussing 'FOMU' or 'fear of missing out'. I talked about how this apprehension about other people having a better time than oneself was partly fuelled by social media and how young people were often becoming genuinely anxious as a result of this.
Research Funding Success
I received research funding from the British Academy/Leverhulme scheme to investigate possible biases in how people process climate change messages.
“Psychs in the City”
As part of a public engagement initiative, I spoke at a networking event organised by the North West branch of the British Psychological Society at Waterstones, Deansgate, in Manchester.
I gave my inaugural lecture at Edge Hill University entitled 'The divided self: How a better understanding of the human mind could transform society.' I argued that we are faced with a number of global challenges that threaten our very existence: population growth and sustainability, climate change, racism, inequality.
Northern Ireland Symposium
The Institute for Creative Enterprise at Edge Hill University, in conjunction with the Centre for Media Research at the University of Ulster, hosted the second of two symposia to discuss the fraught issues of representation, culture and identity in Northern Ireland.
In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) we obtained excellent results with 23% of our research outputs judged to be ‘world-leading’ (4*), 27% assessed as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) and an additional 41% judged to be ‘recognised internationally' (2*).
University of the Year
Edge Hill University was named University of the Year in the 10th annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.
Impact of Terror Threat
I was on BBC Breakfast on the 25th November discussing the psychological response of the public to the rise in the terror threat level to severe. I discussed the long-term psychological impact of 9/11 on level of concern about terrorist attack.
I did a thirty minute interview with Oksana Boyko on 'Worlds Apart' for Russia Today on the subject of the body language of the various leaders at the APEC CE0 summit, focusing in particular on the micro-behaviours of Presidents Obama and Putin.
Implicit Bias in Job Recruitment
I gave an invited keynote address to the Asian Fire Service Association annual conference held in Stoke-on-Trent on the 14th November.
The 'C' Word
I was on BBC Breakfast on the 5th November with Katherine Marsland who had recently been diagnosed with secondary cancer. We were discussing the importance of finding the right metaphor to capture the experience of the disease.
BBC NW Appearance
I was a guest on BBC North West discussing some of the issues associated with children and young people in their use of mobile technologies.
Hot Courses Interview
I was interviewed for hotcourses, the UK's largest course directory, about my career in psychology.
New book chapter
I had a chapter in a major new book out on August 14th, published by Oxford University Press. 'Sustainable Consumption: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives In Honour of Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta'
Brazil Edition Published
My book 'Get the Edge: How Simple Changes will Transform Your Life' (Headline) has just been published in Brazil.
Leadership Conference Talk
I gave a talk entitled 'Visible Thought: Rethinking the Nature of Body Language' at the Leadership Conference at Edge Hill University in July.
It turns out that my very first non-psychology book, Survivors of Steel City, published by Chatto and Windus in 1986 has at least one celebrity fan.
Conference Presentation in Denver
I presented a paper at the '20th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment' in Denver Colorado in June 2014. The title of the paper was 'Mobilising the unconscious mind in the fight against climate change'.
Food Waste Debate
I was on BBC Breakfast on the 13th May discussing food waste in restaurants and specifically the Swiss restaurant that has introduced a 'fine' for customers who do not clear their plates.
New Review of 'Our Racist Heart' in a Leading Academic Journal
The review has just been published in the Journal of Social Psychology by Thomas Cafferty from the University of South Carolina. He writes:
I was on BBC Breakfast yesterday, and later on BBC News 24, discussing with a criminologist the case of Edmond Aviv who in the U.S. was made to wear a sign saying 'I am a bully', having been convicted of abusing his neighbours over a number of years.
Psychology of Pocket Money
I appeared on BBC Breakfast on the 27th March to discuss the psychology behind pocket money. I argued that pocket money is basically a good thing because children learn about making spending decisions and how to save for those things they really want.
I was interviewed on BBC Radio Newcastle about the psychological importance of family meals, and the role of ritual and anticipation in sharing food for influencing mood state and the knock-on effects of this elevation in mood state for both positive reminiscing and interaction generally within the family.
I conducted an academic research review on behalf of Disney UK on the importance of mentors for children and their development, to mark the launch of Disney's ‘Aim High’ mentoring programme. I argued that mentors create a more intimate and trusting environment for kids to learn and reach for their goals.
BBC Breakfast and News 24 Appearance
I was on BBC Breakfast and on BBC News 24 on the 13th January discussing whether on a child's birthday you should buy presents for the child's siblings.
On the Couch Again
I was on BBC Breakfast on the 4th December discussing IQ and what IQ scores don't pick up on.
On the Couch
I was on the couch on BBC Breakfast discussing 'the psychology of fear'.
Men's Health Italy
An extract of my book 'Chasing Lost Times' appeared in 'Men's Health Italy'.
Influential Psychologist Listing
I appeared in a list of the 30 most influential psychologists working today.
Talking Consumer Confidence on BBC Breakfast
I was on BBC Breakfast on the 4th August discussing a new survey which showed that there had been a recent rise in consumer confidence.
Radio Solent Interview
I was interviewed on BBC Radio Solent about the psychology of youth subcultures and the ways in which they allow their followers to both rebel (against their parents and mainstream culture) and conform at the same time, as Quentin Crisp had noted in 'The Naked Civil Servant'.
Edge Hill University
I joined the Psychology Department at Edge Hill University as Professor of Psychology.
I was appointed as a Masters supervisor on the 'Sustainability Leadership programme' at the University of Cambridge.
I was interviewed on Talksport radio on the 28th July about the (often forgotten) personal side of the football transfer market.
Italian Runner's World Coverage
The Italian edition of the book written with my son "Ben Vieni A Correre Con Me" received major coverage in the Italian Runner's World.
'Our Racist Heart' Highly Recommended
'Our Racist Heart' was selected as one of the editors' highlights in the American Psychological Association's review journal Choice. It was highly recommended.
BBC Radio 5 Live Debate: 'Can Young People Cope in the Spotlight?'
I discussed on 'Radio 5 Live' on the day of the final of ITV1's 'Britain's Got Talent' whether young people and children are resilient enough to cope with the stress and inevitable disappointments of not winning. There is an interesting psychological literature on how different people, and people of different ages, are able to cope with disappointment and whether you can prepare for this to make you more resilient.
‘Get the Edge' Goes Global
The Brazilian edition of ‘Get the Edge: How Simple Changes Will Transform Your Life’ was published in June 2013 by Editora Fundamento; the Chinese edition was published in January 2013 by CS-Booky. The Taiwanese edition was published in May 2012 and the Korean edition will be out later in 2013.
'Chasing Lost Times' Available in an Italian edition
'Chasing Lost Times' is to be published in an Italian edition. The Italian publishing house Guerini e Associati, based in Milan, has been working on an Italian translation of my popular running book.
Dukan Diet: 'The psychology of successful dieting' radio interviews
I carried out a series of radio interviews on various stations across the U.K. with Nicki Waterman, the celebrity fitness expert. I discussed 'the psychology of successful dieting' in the month when people often start to worry about how they might look on the beach in their forthcoming holidays, and when they sometimes contemplate crash diets that will never succeed. We did this on behalf of the Dukan Diet.
'Our Racist Heart' now out and gets very positive reviews
‘Our Racist Heart? An Exploration of Unconscious Prejudice in Everyday Life’ was published by Routledge in 2013 and attracted extremely positive reviews.
Wellcome Collection Talk: 'The body language of the hands and the feet'
I gave a talk on ‘The body language of the hands and the feet’ at the Wellcome Collection in London in October, 2012.
BBC Radio 4 Documentary: The Ceasefire Generation
I wrote and presented ‘The Ceasefire Generation’ a documentary about eighteen year-olds in Northern Ireland, born after the 1994 ceasefire, broadcast on Radio 4, September 2012.
International Zoo Educators Conference Keynote: 'Analyzing hearts and minds, or why we don’t do what we say'
I gave a keynote on ‘Analyzing hearts and minds: or why we don’t do what we say’ at the 21st Biennial Conference of the International Zoo Educators in Chester in August, 2012.
'Chasing Lost Times' UK Book Tour
My son Ben and I talked at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about our book ‘Chasing Lost Times: A Father and Son Reconciled through Running’ in August, 2012. We were interviewed about the book on BBC Breakfast, Woman’s Hour, the BBC World Service and BBC Scotland. We also discussed the book at the Dundee Literary Festival in October 2012.
Congress of Psychology Students Keynote Address: 'How to read unconscious thinking through gestural movements'
I gave a keynote address on ‘How to read unconscious thinking through gestural movements’ at the Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland at Queens University Belfast in March, 2012.
University of Manchester Talk: 'The psychology of sustainable consumption'
I presented a paper on ‘The psychology of sustainable consumption: or why we don’t act in accordance with our expressed attitudes’ (based on the research covered in ‘Why Aren’t We Saving the Planet?’).