Zoe Cormier

Author and Journalist

Author and Journalist , Zoe Cormier , Book - Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science

London, United Kingdom


Zoe Cormier is an author, journalist, science writer, broadcaster and public speaker with an academic training in zoology coupled with an upbringing in the music industry: her father is a rock promoter and she was raised as a “backstage baby”, but later devoted her career to the sciences, specialising in amphibian communication at the University of Toronto. Her first book, Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science, was published by Profile Books in the United Kingdom in 2014, and in Canada, America, Spain and Sweden in 2015 and 2016. Through her journalism she has written for the BBC, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Times, Scientific American, Nature, New Scientist, Wired, Vice, and many more. Born in Toronto, Canada she now lives in London, England.


Individual risky behaviour shapes the discussion when it comes to the culture of the night. But why do so many people, not only young people, go out? Is it simply sensation-seeking, a purely hedonistic drive, or are there other reasons besides the social aspects that make the culture of the night so attractive for the individuals? What findings does neurobiology have on this? Does the shared enjoyment of musk promote wellbeing, not only socially but also psychologically? Does mental health increase when you go out to dance? Time to address these questions in the panel "The Medicine of Dance".

Lecture & Discussion
16.30 - 18.00