From PhD to finalist – Peter to pitch at Amplify Ignite 2018

Posted on the 9 November 2018

We’re excited to share that Positive Psychology Centre founder Peter Kyriakoulis has been commended for his doctoral research.

As a finalist in Amplify Ignite 2018, Peter will fly to Sydney on Wednesday 14 November to deliver his pitch – in front of a live audience.

On the night, Peter will have just 150 seconds to demonstrate why his research deserves a $5,000 investment.

I’m excited to present my research. I want to raise awareness in the community about my findings… and I believe funding would be a massive step towards this,’ says Peter.

For the past seven years, Peter has studied the diving response as a treatment for panic disorder. The diving response is an innate physiological reflex that initiates when our face is cooled (e.g. by splashing cold water in your face) or if we hold our breath.

Peter has found that free diving breathing techniques are effective in slowing down the heart rate. This can provide relief for people in anxiety and panic states.

At Amplify, Peter will propose a cooling mask that activates the diving response to help treat panic attacks. The mask may not only be used to reverse panic and anxiety symptoms but may be used preventatively, with regular wear decreasing anxiety-related symptoms.

It’s such a new area of research even though the field is really important, as many people suffer from anxiety and stress-related disorders.

With over two million Australians dealing with anxiety every year, Peter’s research could make a real impact.

Please join us in wishing Peter all the best for his pitch in Sydney in November.