St George’s, University of London in Tooting is hosting a free public event on 2 July 2013 to showcase new research on linguistics and explore possible personality traits of world leaders past and present.

Event: The Linguistics of Power

Date: 2 July 2013

Time: 5.30pm     

Cost: Free of charge

Reserve your place: Places are limited, so guests are asked to RSVP by 27 June to Tadhg Caffrey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

‘The Linguistics of Power’ will provide an insight into the latest research into personality traits of British prime ministers including Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. Dr Peter Garrard, a neurology specialist at St George’s, will explain his latest research findings into linguistics, personality and mental illness and give attendees an insight into the workings of the brain. Nick Bouras, a professor of psychiatry at King’s College London, will outline measures to discourage excessive self-confidence (‘hubris’) in political, business and public sector leaders.

Guests will have an opportunity to speak to the researchers in person and test their own ability to detect hubris in extracts of parliamentary language.

The event is the second in the University’s 'Spotlight on science' series, a programme that demonstrates to the public how St George’s scientists are tackling major scientific issues.

The event takes place at 5.30pm in the boardrooms H6 and H7 in Hunter Wing, St George’s, University of London. Light refreshments will be provided.   

Places are limited, so guests are asked to RSVP by 27 June to Tadhg Caffrey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..