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Health - Psychology - 11.03.2021
High rates of mental health disorder among all health and social care groups
High rates of mental health disorder among all health and social care groups
Almost 60% of frontline health and social care workers (HSCWs) experienced a mental health disorder during the first COVID-19 lockdown, with many suffering "very high rates of distress", suggests a new study led by researchers at UCL and the University of Haifa, Israel.

Psychology - Health - 10.03.2021
Quitting smoking is linked to improved mental health
People who stop smoking may experience improvements in their mental health such as reductions in anxiety and depression symptoms, finds research carried out in collaboration with the University of Birmingham. Led by the University of Bath, in collaboration with the Universities of Birmingham, Oxford and New York, the Cochrane Review found that those who quit smoking are not likely to experience a worsening in their mood long-term, whether they have a mental health condition or not.

Psychology - Health - 10.03.2021
Cochrane Review finds stopping smoking linked to improved mental health
Stopping smoking leads to healthier, wealthier and happier lives say researchers from University of Bath's Addiction & Mental Health Group. Last updated on Wednesday 10 March 2021 New evidence published today in the Cochrane Library suggests that smokers who quit can feel the positive benefits within weeks.

Health - Psychology - 09.03.2021
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome at significantly increased risk of COVID-19
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome are at a significantly increased risk of contracting COVID-19 than women without the condition, new research led by the University of Birmingham has revealed. Researchers are now calling for healthcare policy to specifically encourage women with PCOS to adhere to COVID-19 infection control measures while the global pandemic continues.

Computer Science - Psychology - 04.03.2021
Speed of expression offers vital visual cues
The speed at which we produce facial expressions plays an important role in our ability to recognise emotions in others, according to new research at the University of Birmingham. A team in the University's School of Psychology carried out research which showed that people tend to produce happy and angry expressions more rapidly, while sad expressions are produced more slowly.

Psychology - 24.02.2021
Leave campaign created 'new religion' to support EU withdrawal - study
Leave campaign created ’new religion’ to support EU withdrawal - study
Campaigners used quasi-religious and mythological themes to create a 'Brexit religion' with the National Health Service (NHS) at its heart - persuading people to support Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, according to a new study. The Leave campaign's promise to 'take back control' used the NHS as the country's Holy Grail that could be rescued from malign European forces that threatened Britain's unique historical place in the world.

Psychology - 23.02.2021
Recognition, belief and an emotional response to disinformation are key factors in it being shared on social media, report finds
Fake news stories are more likely to be believed and consequently shared on social media if readers think they have seen them before, research suggests. Academics at Cardiff University's Crime and Security Research Institute say their report offers insights into the reasons why seemingly outlandish claims on social media can gain traction.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 19.02.2021
Boys who play video games have lower depression risk
Boys who play video games have lower depression risk
Boys who regularly play video games at age 11 are less likely to develop depressive symptoms three years later, finds a new study led by a UCL researcher. The study, published in Psychological Medicine , also found that girls who spend more time on social media appear to develop more depressive symptoms.

Psychology - Health - 17.02.2021
Mental health disorders and alcohol misuse more common in LGB people
Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB*) people are significantly more likely to have mental health conditions and report alcohol and drug misuse than heterosexual people - finds a new study led by UCL researchers in collaboration with the University of East Anglia and City, University. The findings, published today iná Psychological Medicine , come despite apparently more tolerant societal attitudes towards same-sex relationships.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 12.02.2021
Women better at reading minds than men - new study
Bath psychologists have developed the first ever 'mind-reading questionnaire' to assess how well people understand what others are really thinking. Last updated on Friday 12 February 2021 A new approach to 'mind-reading' has been developed by researchers at the University of Bath, Cardiff, and London to improve how well we understand what others are thinking.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 09.02.2021
14 could be peak age for believing in conspiracy theories
Belief in conspiracy theories is heightened as adolescents reach 14 years of age, reveals new research involving the University of Glasgow A study conducted by a team of psychologists from across the UK, including UofG's Dr Yvonne Skipper, has uncovered that belief in conspiracy theories flourishes in teenage years.

Psychology - Health - 08.02.2021
Machine learning could aid mental health diagnoses
A way of using machine learning to more accurately identify patients with a mix of psychotic and depressive symptoms has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. Patients with depression or psychosis rarely experience symptoms of purely one or the other illness. Historically, this has meant that mental health clinicians give a diagnosis of a 'primary' illness, but with secondary symptoms.

Psychology - Computer Science - 05.02.2021
Tweets of fear used to spread malicious viruses online
Cybercriminals are preying on emotions of fear to spread dangerous viruses and spyware across Twitter, new research has revealed. Scientists from Cardiff University have shown, for the first time, that tweets containing malicious links are more likely to contain negative emotions, and that it is the content of the tweet that increases the likelihood of it being liked and shared, as opposed to the number of followers of the poster.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 03.02.2021
Teaching pupils empathy measurably improves their creative abilities
Teaching pupils empathy measurably improves their creative abilities
Teaching children in a way that encourages them to empathise with others measurably improves their creativity, and could potentially lead to several other beneficial learning outcomes, new research suggests. We clearly awakened something in these pupils by encouraging them to think about the thoughts and feelings of others Helen Demetriou The findings are from a year-long University of Cambridge study with Design and Technology (D&T) year 9 pupils (ages 13 to 14) at two inner London schools.

Health - Psychology - 03.02.2021
New chance to share experiences of living during a pandemic
As the pandemic continues to dominate our lives, people in Wales are being asked to share their experiences as part of ongoing research into how the population is coping with COVID-19. Wales Wellbeing, led by Cardiff University's Professor Robert Snowden and Swansea University's Professor Nicola Gray, was launched last June to examine the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Psychology - 26.01.2021
Toddlers who use touchscreens may be more distractible
New research from Bath psychologist Dr Rachael Bedford highlights some of the effects regular use of touchscreens could have on toddlers. Last updated on Tuesday 26 January 2021 Toddlers with high daily touchscreen use are quicker to look at objects when they appear and are less able to resist distraction compared to toddlers with no or low touchscreen use - according to new research from Birkbeck, University of London, King's College London and University of Bath.

Health - Psychology - 22.01.2021
Mental health of intensive care staff should be immediate priority
Nearly half of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staff are likely to meet the threshold for PTSD, severe anxiety or problem drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study led by UCL and King's College London researchers. The study, published in Occupational Medicine , shows the stark impact of working in critical care during the COVID-10 pandemic.

Psychology - 21.01.2021
Why some people report ’hearing the dead’
Spiritualist mediums might be more prone to immersive mental activities and unusual auditory experiences early in life, our researchers have found. Their findings could explain why some people and not others say they receive communications from 'the dead' and eventually adopt spiritualist beliefs. Spiritualism is a religious movement based on the idea that human souls continue to exist after death and communicate with the living through a medium or psychic.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 21.01.2021
Teenagers catch moods and negative moods are more contagious
Mental health and emotional wellbeing among young people could be better understood by findings in a recently published pape r from the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford, which reveal that teenagers catch moods from friends and bad moods are more contagious than good ones. The authors, Dr Stephanie Burnett Heyes , of the University of Birmingham's School of Psychology and Dr Per Block , of Oxford's Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science , hope the ground-breaking study could lead to improved understanding of emotional wellbeing.

Health - Psychology - 19.01.2021
Back up words with actions and pay more than lip service to the importance of doctor’s mental health
A study based on responses of doctors in frontline healthcare across the UK and Ireland highlights the mental health toll COVID-19 has placed on them. Last updated on Monday 18 January 2021 New research findings suggest that during the first wave of the pandemic in 2020 nearly half (45%) of doctors working in emergency medicine, intensive care and anaesthetics reported psychological distress - substantially higher than figures for the general population.