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Pharmacology - Psychology - 17.09.2021
’Spice’ withdrawal symptoms more severe than cannabis - new study
New research from the Addiction and Mental Health Group at the University of Bath highlights challenges for people trying to give up the drug 'Spice'. Last updated on Friday 17 September 2021 Research published today by psychologists at the University of Bath suggests that 'Spice' - which contains synthetic drugs originally designed to mimic the effects of cannabis - is more harmful than cannabis and that users are likely to experience more severe withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit.

Psychology - Health - 09.09.2021
'Headspace' app could benefit people with asthma
’Headspace’ app could benefit people with asthma
Psychologists are keen to understand whether a popular mindfulness app could offer fresh hope for people with asthma. Last updated on Monday 13 September 2021 People with asthma given access to a popular mindfulness app improved symptoms and quality of life after just three months, researchers behind new psychological research say.

Psychology - 06.09.2021
Alcohol and other substance use play complex roles in young people’s experience of attempted suicide
Alcohol and other substance use play complex roles in suicidal behaviour among young people. Gaining a better understanding of these impacts can help services better support young people, according to experts at the University of Birmingham. In a new study, published in PLoS ONE , researchers from the University's Institute of Mental Health and School of Psychology investigated in depth the lived experiences of a group of seven young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who had made attempts to end their life and subsequently recovered.

Psychology - Health - 20.08.2021
Hearing loss could be cause of depression in older people
University of Manchester researchers have discovered that hearing loss may act as a cause of depression in older people. And those in the lowest wealth groups, they found, had up to twice the relative risk of developing depression than those in the highest wealth quintiles, as hearing loss disproportionally affected their quality of life.

Health - Psychology - 18.08.2021
Children living with someone who has mental health issues two-thirds more likely to experience similar difficulties
The risk of children developing mental ill-health increases significantly when they have lived with someone who also has a common mental health disorder, research has found. The study, from Cardiff University, showed children who had grown up living with someone with mental health difficulties were 63% more likely to experience any mental health issue, which includes but is not limited to anxiety, depression, anti-social behaviour and personality disorders.

Health - Psychology - 16.07.2021
Share of people in Wales experiencing severe mental health issues more than doubled during pandemic, report finds
COVID-19 has exacerbated existing mental health inequalities for people in Wales, according to a new report from Cardiff University. The analysis, conducted by academics at the Wales Governance Centre, reveals the share of people experiencing severe mental health issues increased from 11.7% during the period immediately before the pandemic to 28.1% by April 2020.

Psychology - Environment - 14.07.2021
’Greta Thunberg Effect’ belies challenges for autistic community in going green
A new psychology study from researchers at the University of Bath focuses on the relationship between autism and green behaviours. Last updated on Wednesday 14 July 2021 Autistic people need extra help in going green say researchers behind a new study which argues for a more inclusive environmental agenda.

Environment - Psychology - 14.07.2021
Autistic people experience barriers to ’going green’
Autistic people can "face barriers" to taking positive environmental action - and need greater support to help them do so, according to a new study. Researchers from Cardiff University, along with the universities of Bath, Essex, and King's College London, explored the links between autistic personality traits and environmental attitudes in a study of 2,000 people in the US and UK.

Health - Psychology - 07.07.2021
UK public view COVID-19 as a threat because of lockdowns
Research published in Royal Society Open Science from Lorraine Whitmarsh finds that people have judged COVID risks by the magnitude of the policy response. Last updated on Thursday 8 July 2021 The UK public is likely to take the COVID-19 pandemic less seriously once restrictions are lifted, according to new research.

Pharmacology - Psychology - 01.07.2021
Autistic individuals may be more likely to use recreational drugs to self-medicate their mental health
Autistic individuals may be more likely to use recreational drugs to self-medicate their mental health
While autistic individuals are less likely to use substances, those who do so are more likely to self-medicate for their mental health symptoms, according to new research from the University of Cambridge and published today in The Lancet Psychiatry .

Psychology - Social Sciences - 28.06.2021
New 2.8m research project to explore mental health outcomes for young people in care
A new research project is to investigate factors linked to the mental health and wellbeing of care-experienced young people. The four-year programme is led by an interdisciplinary team from the universities of Bath and Oxford, in collaboration with colleagues at Cardiff University and the University of Bristol.

Psychology - 25.06.2021
No increased risk of dementia in veterans
The number of Scottish veterans who develop dementia in later life is no greater than in the wider community, according to new research. The study, led by the University of Glasgow, funded by Forces in Mind Trust and published in Psychological Medicine, compared veterans with people who had never served, and found that there were no more cases of dementia than in the non-veterans.

Psychology - 25.06.2021
Mental health around pregnancy differs depending on how couples conceived
Couples who conceived through IVF and other fertility treatments have opposite mental health trajectories around the time of pregnancy to couples who conceived naturally, according to a new study by UCL and University of Padua researchers.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 24.06.2021
Marmoset study identifies brain region linking actions to their outcomes
Researchers have discovered a specific brain region underlying 'goal-directed behaviour' - that is, when we consciously do something with a particular goal in mind, for example going to the shops to buy food. This is a first step towards identifying suitable molecular targets for future drug treatments, or other forms of therapy, for devastating mental health disorders such as OCD and addiction.

Psychology - Health - 24.06.2021
Researchers call for improvements to working culture and conditions for junior doctors
Researchers are calling for changes to working culture and conditions for junior doctors in the UK after their new research has highlighted a lack of access to clinical and emotional support. The call comes as a University of Birmingham-led team of researchers, including experts from Keele University, University College London, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Universities of Leeds and Manchester, carried out a qualitative study using in-depth interviews with 21 NHS junior doctors.

Psychology - Health - 22.06.2021
Brain differences in interpreting physical signals in mental health disorders
Brain differences in interpreting physical signals in mental health disorders
Researchers have shown why people with mental health disorders, including anorexia and panic disorders, experience physical signals differently.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 21.06.2021
Summer catch-up programmes need to focus on teens’ wellbeing, not just academic progress
Education leaders need to refocus efforts to address issues around loneliness and social isolation felt by many young people during the pandemic. Last updated on Monday 21 June 2021 Summer holiday catch-up programmes to address gaps in knowledge after school closures need to support children who are still struggling due to social isolation.

Health - Psychology - 21.06.2021
New treatment significantly improves mental health in heart disease patients
A study, led by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) and The University of Manchester (UoM), and funded by the National Institute for Healthcare Research (NIHR), has found that a mental health treatment called Metacognitive Therapy significantly improves symptoms of anxiety and depression for heart disease patients.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 15.06.2021
Teenagers at greatest risk of self-harming could be identified almost a decade earlier
Teenagers at greatest risk of self-harming could be identified almost a decade earlier
Researchers have identified two subgroups of adolescents who self-harm and have shown that it is possible to predict those individuals at greatest risk almost a decade before they begin self-harming. The current approach to supporting mental health in young people is to wait until problems escalate.

Psychology - 09.06.2021
Does a mother’s stress and depression affect how her unborn baby moves?
New research from our Psychology and Mathematical Sciences departments found that stress and/or depression during pregnancy, affects how much unborn babies touch and engage in the womb. This ultrasound study suggests that a mother's stress and/or depression can influence the movement patterns of unborn babies reflecting their body awareness.
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