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Health - Psychology - 17.09.2020
Hospitals miss mental illness diagnosis in more than a quarter of patients
Severe mental illness diagnoses are missed by clinicians in more than one quarter of cases when people are hospitalised for other conditions, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. People from ethnic minority groups are even more likely to have previously diagnosed mental illnesses go unnoticed by medical staff, according to the findings from hospitals in England, published in PLOS Medicine .

Psychology - Pedagogy - 17.09.2020
Housing wealth matters for children’s mental health
Children growing up in families with expensive homes have fewer emotional and behavioural problems, finds new research led by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) based at the UCL Social Research Institute. The study, published today in Child Development, is one of the first to look at the links between family wealth and children's development.

Health - Psychology - 17.09.2020
Analysis: Post-traumatic stress disorder linked to increased risk of dementia
Dr Vasiliki Orgeta (UCL Psychiatry) shares new research which shows that PTSD is a risk factor for developing dementia. Dementia is one of the greatest global health challenges. As the world's population continues to age and to live longer, the number of people affected by dementia is expected to rise to 130 million by 2050.

Health - Psychology - 16.09.2020
PTSD may double risk of dementia
People who have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are up to twice as likely to develop dementia later in life, according to a new study by UCL researchers. The research, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry , is the first meta-analysis of global evidence on PTSD and dementia risk.

Psychology - 07.09.2020
Impact of returning to school on adolescent mental health the subject of a new study
Researchers from Oxford University have found that, during lockdown, teenagers mental health is struggling compared to their parents. The Oxford ARC study, launched in May, has found that teenagers consistently report higher levels of anxiety and depression than parents. Around 35% of teenagers are saying they feel lonely often or most of the time, compared to 17% of parents.

Psychology - 04.09.2020
Inequality of opportunity drags down everyone’s motivation
Unequal compensation reduces people's motivation to work, even among those who stand to benefit from unfair advantages, finds a new UCL-led study. The researchers found that large disparities in rewards offered for the same task reduce people's happiness, which in turn reduce their willingness to work, in the study published in PLOS One .

Psychology - Health - 24.08.2020
Report reveals young people felt less anxious and more connected to school in lockdown
Report reveals young people felt less anxious and more connected to school in lockdown
Younger teenagers in the South West of England felt less anxious and more connected to school when they were away from it during the COVID-19 global pandemic public lockdown, a first-of-its-kind study has found. The striking results of research led by the University of Bristol are published today by the National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR) in a report which raises questions about the impact of the school environment on young people's mental health and calls for more support to help them when they return to the classroom.

Health - Psychology - 19.08.2020
Telemedicine may well outlast the pandemic, say mental health care staff
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about rapid innovation in mental health care, and the move to telemedicine is likely here to stay to at least some degree, but new research led by UCL and King's College London cautions that serious barriers still need to be overcome. In a new survey in the UK and an international review of evidence from 29 countries, mental health care staff report how the pandemic and lockdown have been harmful to some people accessing mental health services.

Psychology - Health - 07.08.2020
Transgender and gender-diverse individuals are more likely to be autistic and report higher autistic traits
Transgender and gender-diverse individuals are more likely to be autistic and report higher autistic traits
Transgender and gender-diverse adults are three to six times more likely as cisgender adults (individuals whose gender identity corresponds to their sex assigned at birth) to be diagnosed as autistic, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Cambridge's Autism Research Centre. Both autistic individuals and transgender and gender-diverse individuals are marginalized and experience multiple vulnerabilities.

Health - Psychology - 11.06.2020
NHS staff tackling Covid-19 try out virtual reality to help reduce stress and anxiety
NHS staff tackling Covid-19 on the front line are, for the first time, using virtual reality to help support their mental health and wellbeing. Twenty-one staff working in intensive care units at the Royal Glamorgan and Prince Charles hospitals had access to a single-use VR headset for two weeks to evaluate if it was a useful aid to help with stress and anxiety.

Health - Psychology - 22.05.2020
Conspiracy beliefs reduces the following of government coronavirus guidance | University of Oxford
A new study from the shows that people who hold coronavirus conspiracy beliefs are less likely to comply with social distancing guidelines or take-up future vaccines.  The research, led by clinical psychologists at the and published today in the journal  Psychological Medicine , indicates that a disconcertingly high number of adults in England do not agree with the scientific and governmental consensus on the coronavirus pandemic.

Health - Psychology - 22.05.2020
Conspiracy beliefs reduce the following of government coronavirus guidance
A new study from the University of Oxford shows that people who hold coronavirus conspiracy beliefs are less likely to comply with social distancing guidelines or take-up future vaccines.  The research, led by clinical psychologists at the University of Oxford and published today in the journal  Psychological Medicine , indicates that a disconcertingly high number of adults in England do not agree with the scientific and governmental consensus on the coronavirus pandemic.

Health - Psychology - 19.05.2020
Coronavirus infections may lead to delirium and potentially PTSD
Coronavirus infections may lead to delirium and potentially PTSD
People taken ill by coronavirus infections may experience psychiatric problems while hospitalised and potentially after they recover, suggests an analysis of past research led by the UCL Institute of Mental Health with King's College London collaborators. The systematic review paper, published in The Lancet Psychiatry , compiled results from shortand long-term studies of people hospitalised by recent coronaviruses, namely SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) in 2002-2004, MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) in 2012, as well as COVID-19 this year.

Psychology - 13.05.2020
Children with autism face higher risk of eating disorders
Children with autistic traits are more likely than their peers to develop an eating disorder, according to a new UCL-led study. Previous research has found that autism and eating disorders can occur together, as 20-30% of adults with eating disorders have autism, and 3-10% of children and young people with eating disorders.

Health - Psychology - 08.05.2020
Citizen-science project measures impact of coronavirus pandemic on mental health
Citizen-science project measures impact of coronavirus pandemic on mental health
What impact has the lockdown had on our mental health, and what determines how people cope with isolation? These are a few of the questions researchers hope to answer as part of a new crowd-sourced science project, The Great British Wellbeing Survey. The work builds on the success of the Great British Intelligence Test , a collaborative project with BBC Horizon to gauge the nation's intelligence and wellbeing.

Psychology - 28.04.2020
Artificial intelligence still lags behind humans at recognising emotions
When it comes to reading emotions on people's faces, artificial intelligence still lags behind human observers, according to a new study involving UCL. The difference was particularly pronounced when it came to spontaneous displays of emotion, according to the findings published in PLOS One. The research team, led by Dublin City University, looked at eight "out of the box" automatic classifiers for facial affect recognition (artificial intelligence that can identify human emotions on faces) and compared their emotion recognition performance to that of human observers.

Health - Psychology - 16.04.2020
Mental health and brain research must be a higher priority in global response to tackle COVID-19 pandemic
Experts have called for real time monitoring of mental health to be rolled out urgently in the UK and globally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Glasgow's Rory O'Connor, Professor of Health Psychology at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, is joint first author on a new paper, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, which highlights an urgent need to tackle the harmful impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, and potentially the brain, and calls for research on these areas to be central to the global response to the pandemic.

Psychology - 07.04.2020
False memories of crime appear real when retold to others
People are no better than chance at identifying when someone else is recounting a false or real memory of a crime, according to a new UCL study. The findings, published in Frontiers in Psychology , build on a previous study that was the first to successfully implant false memories of committing a crime - involving either assault or assault with a weapon that resulted in police contact.

Psychology - 30.03.2020
Growing gap in children's socio-emotional skills
Growing gap in children’s socio-emotional skills
The gap between children with the highest and lowest socio-emotional skills has increased over the past three decades, and the socio-economic status of mothers is a significant contributing factor, according to a new UCL study. The study, published in the Journal of Public Economics , compares the socio-emotional skills of two cohorts of children born in England 30 years apart, and shows for the first time that inequality in these early skills has increased.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 20.03.2020
University makes hand sanitiser to support Birmingham City Council frontline staff
Disrupted and poor quality sleep in the earliest months of a child's life can be an indicator of depression, anxiety and behavioural problems among toddlers, according to a new study. Researchers at the Institute for Mental Health, at the University of Birmingham in collaboration with the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki , found a clear relationship between sleep problems in infancy such as frequent night wakings, short sleep duration or difficulty in falling asleep and particular emotional and behavioural problems at 24 months of age.

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