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Health - Psychology - 26.04.2021
Researchers call for end of postcode lottery in miscarriage care and treatment
Leading experts at the University of Birmingham and Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research are calling on the UK government to invest in early pregnancy units and recurrent miscarriage clinics to end the current care and treatment postcode lottery. The calls come as the team has laid bare the devastating impact of miscarriage and sets out recommendations to improve treatment and care in a series of three articles published today in The Lancet.

Health - Psychology - 26.04.2021
People with mental illnesses report worsening symptoms during lockdown
People with pre-existing mental health conditions have reported challenges posed by the COVID-19 lockdowns, such as the loss of normal coping routines, barriers to accessing care, and unequal impacts of the pandemic, in a new study led by UCL researchers. The qualitative, interview-based study, published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology , shows that the impacts of lockdown were not distributed equally, and people in ethnic minority groups reported particular challenges.

Health - Psychology - 21.04.2021
People with disabilities more likely to be depressed, anxious and lonely during pandemic
Older people in England with physical disabilities were more likely to have worse mental health and to feel lonelier during the Covid-19 pandemic than able bodied people - with more support required to address this during and after the pandemic - according to a new UCL study. Research published today in The  Lancet Public Health found that those with a disability experienced greater increases in depression and anxiety than people without a disability, as well as poorer psychological wellbeing, quality of life and sleep, in addition to lower levels of social contact.

Psychology - Health - 12.04.2021
Childhood cognitive problems could lead to mental health issues in later life
Childhood cognitive problems could lead to mental health issues in later life
Children experiencing cognitive problems such as low attention, poor memory or lack of inhibition may later suffer mental health issues as teenagers and young adults, a new study reveals. Targeting specific markers in childhood for early treatment may help to minimise the risk of children developing certain psychopathological problems in adolescence and adult life, such as borderline personality disorder, depression and psychosis.

Health - Psychology - 07.04.2021
Link between COVID-19 infection and subsequent mental health and neurological conditions found
One in three COVID-19 survivors received a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis within six months of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, an observational study of more than 230,000 patient health records published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal estimates. The study looked at 14 neurological and mental health disorders.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 07.04.2021
Psychologists develop first measure of social media impact on teen sleep
Sleep experts have developed a new tool to help more accurately measure young people's ability to disengage from social media before bed. The University of Glasgow researchers who developed the Index of Nighttime Offline Distress, or iNOD, believe it is the first psychological measurement tool of its kind, which reflects the realities of how young people interact with each other in an online world.

Campus - Psychology - 02.04.2021
Hand signals improve video meeting success
Hand signals improve video meeting success
Using a simple set of hand signals can improve the experience of online meetings, make groups feel closer to each other and that they are learning and communicating better, finds a new study by UCL researchers. The research team trained students to use a set of signals in seminars, such as waving to take a turn to speak, and raising a hand to show empathy, and found evidence that they improved the experience of video meetings during lockdown.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 31.03.2021
More support needed for two children in every class with hidden language disorder
Research from Bath psychologists suggests schools could introduce quieter alternatives to playtime to help children with Developmental Language Disorder. Last updated on Wednesday 31 March 2021 Children with a common but regularly undiagnosed disorder affecting their language and communication are likely to be finding the transition back to school post-lockdown harder than most, according to a team of psychologists.

Psychology - 25.03.2021
Sleep study discovery could hold key to tackling PTSD and other anxiety disorders
Triggering? 'bad' 'memories' 'to? 'reactivate' 'in? 'REM' 'sleep' '-? 'the' 'period' 'when' 'people' 'dream' 'most' 'vividly' '-' 'reduces' 'the? 'emotion' 'associated' 'with' 'these' 'memories' 'on? 'waking,' 'a? 'new' 'study' 'has? 'suggested.' - It? 'is' 'the' 'first' 'research' 'to' 'suggest' 'this' 'technique' 'could' 'have' 'potential' 'for' 'use' 'as' 'a' 'tool' 'for? 'the' 'treatment' 'of? -'anxiety' 'disorders,' 'potentially' 'including' ''post-traumatic' 'stress' 'disorder' -(PTSD).

Psychology - Health - 19.03.2021
Psychologists report an error in the NICE guidelines for autism - Lancet Psychiatry Study
A new Lancet Psychiatry article highlights concerns over a commonly-used autism screening tool, 'AQ-10'. Last updated on Friday 19 March 2021 Reporting in the Lancet Psychiatry today, psychologists at the University of Bath highlight that a widely used technique for autism screening is being misused, which may have prevented many people from receiving an autism diagnosis over the past decade.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 17.03.2021
Analysis: Teenage mental health - how growing brains could explain emerging disorders
Mental health problems often emerge during adolescence, but it is still not fully understood why teenagers are so vulnerable to psychiatric illnesses, says Dr Tobias Hauser (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology). Adolescence is the time when most mental health problems arise. Diagnoses of psychiatric illnesses increase across the board, with teenagers suffering not only from mood disorders such as depression, but also from the most pervasive psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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 in  Psychological Medicine , come despite apparently more tolerant societal attitudes towards same-sex relationships.
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