Elaine is a psychologist and neuroscientist who has researched widely on the science of emotions. She has extensive experience presenting talks and workshops to corporate audiences as well as at general media events, literary festivals, and other public events.
Elaine’s work has been discussed in Nature, Scientific American, New Scientist, The Economist, The Guardian and the New York Times. This led to her appearance in an ABC documentary presented by Michael J. Fox entitled The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist in 2010 and, in a 2013 BBC Horizon documentary called ‘The Truth about Personality’ in which she attempts to shift the presenter Michael Mosley’s brain from pessimism to optimism.
Leading a large programme of research at Oxford University, Elaine combines psychology, neuroscience and genetics to deepen our understanding of resilience and wellbeing as well as the power of positive mindsets to transform individual lives as well as companies.
Elaine’s discoveries show that the power of positivity comes, not so much from positive thinking, but rather from the other, arguably more important components of optimism such as a sense of control, positive actions, and persistence.
She has published widely on the scientific aspects of fear and anxiety, and her work, which has appeared in many leading scientific journals, has been summarised for the non-specialist in her latest book Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: The New Science of Optimism and Pessimism.
Elaine has appeared at events such as: The Latitude Festival; The Wilderness Festival; New Scientist Public Events; The Cheltenham Science Festival; and other public events as well as corporate talks at leading law firms, investment banks, and marketing agencies.