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Health - Psychology - 16.05.2024
Study identifies 'hot-spots' of high rates of depression linked to deprivation
Study identifies ’hot-spots’ of high rates of depression linked to deprivation
Research led by the University of Southampton shows particular regions of England have suffered over a decade of increasing mental health inequalities, but finds the picture varies greatly across different parts of the country. The study, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, examines the relationship between socioeconomic conditions within local areas and the mental health of people who live there.

Psychology - 13.05.2024
Children of the 90s Study: High-THC Cannabis Varieties Twice as Likely to Cause Psychotic Episodes
Children of the 90s Study: High-THC Cannabis Varieties Twice as Likely to Cause Psychotic Episodes
New study suggests high-potency cannabis use between 16-18 doubles the risk of psychotic experiences from 19-24, compared to lower-potency use in young adults Young individuals consuming higher-potency cannabis, such as skunk, between ages 16 and 18, are twice as likely to have psychotic experiences from age 19 to 24 compared to those using lower-potency cannabis.

Health - Psychology - 10.05.2024
Talk therapy can improve quality of life for people with MND
Psychological therapy can significantly improve quality of life for people living with motor neuron disease (MND) when delivered alongside usual care, finds a study led by UCL and University of Sheffield researchers. The largest-ever trial of a psychological intervention for patients with the debilitating neurological condition, published in The Lancet, found that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) improves overall quality of life, when integrated alongside existing care.

Health - Psychology - 09.05.2024
Children sleep problems associated with psychosis in young adults
Children who experience chronic lack of sleep from infancy may be at increased risk of developing psychosis in early adulthood, new research shows. Researchers at the University of Birmingham examined information on nighttime sleep duration from a large cohort study of children aged between 6 months and 7 years old.

Psychology - Health - 01.05.2024
Women are 40% more likely to experience depression during the perimenopause
Women are 40% more likely to experience depression during the perimenopause
Women are 40% more likely to experience depression in the perimenopause than those who aren't experiencing any menopausal symptoms, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The research, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders , provided a meta-analysis of seven studies involving 9,141 women from across the world (including Australia, USA, China, Netherlands and Switzerland), to understand whether different stages of the menopause were associated with different risk of depression.

Computer Science - Psychology - 18.04.2024
New research probes effectiveness of AR to improve self-driving car safety
As self-driving cars become more common on our roads, a key question for future road safety is how to balance passengers' desire to relax during their trip while still remaining aware of road hazards and be ready to retake control. Researchers from the University of Glasgow have been testing the potential of augmented reality technology to allow drivers to enjoy the benefits of being driven by an autonomous vehicle while enabling them to quickly take the wheel if required.

Health - Psychology - 17.04.2024
Gay and bisexual men diagnosed with mpox faced substantial stigma
Gay and bisexual men diagnosed with mpox faced substantial stigma
Gay and bisexual men who were diagnosed with mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) during the 2022 outbreak in England, faced substantial issues related to stigma and potentially poor-quality care when accessing services, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The research, published in eClinicalMedicine, examined for the first time the experiences of those diagnosed with mpox in Europe.

Health - Psychology - 10.04.2024
Research uncovers differences between the sexes in sleep, circadian rhythms and metabolism
A new review of research evidence has explored the key differences in how women and men sleep, variations in their body clocks, and how this affects their metabolism. Published in Sleep Medicine Reviews , the paper highlights the crucial role sex plays in understanding these factors and suggests a person's biological sex should be considered when treating sleep, circadian rhythm and metabolic disorders.

Psychology - Pharmacology - 27.03.2024
People with depression see no immediate change from common GP assessment
People with depression see no immediate change from common GP assessment
But PHQ-9 questionnaire used to monitor primary care patients did reveal benefits across six months A commonly used questionnaire adopted by GPs to monitor the treatment of depression does not provide any immediate benefits to patients, a new study has found. Primary care researchers testing the PHQ-9 assessment, which measures the severity of depression, found it did nothing to improve people's symptoms after 12 weeks.

Psychology - Health - 26.03.2024
Measuring emotional 'emptiness' could help manage a potentially life-threatening experience
Measuring emotional ’emptiness’ could help manage a potentially life-threatening experience
Comment: Measuring emotional 'emptiness' could help manage a potentially life-threatening experience Dr Shona Herron (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) explains the experience of emotional 'emptiness' and how we should measure it in The Conversation. Imagine a hollowness deep in your chest, a vacant space where feelings should be.

Health - Psychology - 14.03.2024
Young people seeing GPs for mental health problems have low ongoing contact, finds study
Most children and adolescents in England presenting to their GPs with psychiatric symptoms have low or declining rates of ongoing contact, according to a study led by University of Manchester researchers. The findings, published in Lancet Psychiatry today (13/03/2024) and funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research and Wellcome , could indicate that most children are in a low risk group and won't require long-term support, providing reassurance for children and their parents and caregivers.

Career - Psychology - 13.03.2024
Unintended ethical faultline in team-based reward systems
Unintended ethical faultline in team-based reward systems
Employees rewarded jointly more likely to turn blind eye to team members' bad behaviour. Published on Wednesday 13 March 2024 Last updated on Thursday 14 March 2024 Employers who have introduced team-based rewards systems to foster creativity, collaboration, productivity and sales may want to look again at a system that new research shows can create an unintended, insidious side-effect.

Health - Psychology - 11.03.2024
Blood-based marker developed to identify sleep deprivation
A blood test that can accurately detect when someone has not slept for 24 hours has been developed at the University of Birmingham and Monash University. This level of sleep deprivation increases risk of serious injury or fatality in safety critical situations. Published in Science Advances , the biomarker used a combination of markers found in the blood of healthy volunteers.

Health - Psychology - 08.03.2024
New treatment could transform the mental health of children with epilepsy
A new psychological treatment for children with epilepsy, developed by a UCL-led team of scientists, has been shown to reduce mental health difficulties compared to standard care, a new study finds. Mental health problems such as worries, low mood and behaviour problems are more common in children and young people with brain conditions such as epilepsy, than in the general population - with up to 60% of those with epilepsy having associated mental health disorders and many having more than one mental health condition.

Health - Psychology - 28.02.2024
Therapy could be effective treatment for non-physical symptoms of menopause
Therapy could be effective treatment for non-physical symptoms of menopause
Interventions such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), could be an effective treatment option for menopause-related mood symptoms, memory and concentration problems, finds a new study by UCL researchers. The research, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders , is the most up-to-date study of its kind, providing a meta-analysis of 30 studies involving 3,501 women who were going through the menopause in 14 countries, including the UK, USA, Iran, Australia, and China.

Psychology - Innovation - 26.02.2024
Good vibrations could hold answer to calming social anxiety
People who live with social anxiety could be given a helping hand to deal with their stress by the power of good vibrations, new research suggests. Computing scientists and psychologists from the University of Glasgow have worked with socially anxious people to prototype a series of handheld 'comfort objects' in a research study.

Health - Psychology - 21.02.2024
Avid appetite in childhood linked to later eating disorder symptoms
An enthusiastic response to food in early childhood may be linked to a higher likelihood of experiencing eating disorder symptoms in adolescence, according to a new study led by researchers at UCL and Erasmus University Rotterdam. The study, published in  The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health , looked at survey data from 3,670 young people in the UK and the Netherlands to investigate how appetite traits in early childhood might relate to the likelihood of developing eating disorder symptoms up to 10 years later.

Psychology - Health - 20.02.2024
Understanding the relationship between our sleep, body clock and mental health
Problems with our sleep and internal body clock can trigger or worsen a range of psychiatric disorders, according to a new review of recent research evidence. The review, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) , suggests gaining a better understanding of the relationship between sleep, circadian rhythms and mental health could unlock new holistic treatments to alleviate mental health problems.

Psychology - Health - 14.02.2024
Hostile environment policies linked to prolonged distress in people with Black Caribbean ancestry
Hostile environment policies linked to prolonged distress in people with Black Caribbean ancestry
Psychological distress increased among people with Black Caribbean heritage in the UK, relative to the White population, following the 2014 Immigration Act and the Windrush scandal, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The researchers say their findings, published in The Lancet Psychiatry , suggest a causal link between government policies and a subsequent decline in mental health.

Health - Psychology - 13.02.2024
Childhood bullying linked to distrust and mental health problems in adolescence
Study finds childhood bullying linked to distrust and mental health problems in adolescence Teens who experience bullying and develop distrust of others are 3.5 times more likely to experience clinically significant mental health issues by age 17. A new study, co-led by UCLA Health and the University of Glasgow, found that young teenagers who develop a strong distrust of other people as a result of childhood bullying are substantially more likely to have significant mental health problems as they enter adulthood compared to those who do not develop interpersonal trust issues.
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