Dr Peter Lovatt

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Peter teaches both undergraduate and post graduate Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, for which he has received a Vice Chancellor's Commendation.


Peter has published research papers in mood and dance, Parkinson's disease, thinking & problem solving, short-term memory, language, computational modelling, and dance psychology

Public Engagement

Peter gives public lectures and speaks at science festivals, on TV, radio and in the print media, to bring psychology to the widest possible audience.

Academic Psychology

Dance Psychologist

Peter Lovatt is a Dance Psychologist. He holds the academic post of Reader and Principal Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire where he runs the Dance Psychology Lab. His academic research  addresses questions such as: what’s the link between dancing and neurodegeneration? How does dancing change the way people feel, think and solve problems? And, why is the way we move linked to our hormonal and genetic make up? Peter has a BSc in Psychology and English, a MSc in Neural Computation and a PhD in Experimental Cognitive Psychology. He carried out his post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge.

Before studying the psychology of dance Peter was a professional dancer. He trained in dance and musical theatre at the Guildford School of Acting. Peter combined the study of dance and psychology in 2008 and since then his work has been reported on TV, radio and in the national and international  press, where he become known as Doctor Dance. He has been invited to give many keynote talks around the world, he has given five TEDx talks. As a TV Dance Psychologist  he’s appeared on many popular shows, including Strictly Come Dancing: It takes two, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Big Brother's Bit on the Side and the Graham Norton Show.