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Psychology - 03.08.2022
Ukrainian celebrity backs psychologists helping families affected by war
A popular Ukrainian celebrity has joined forces with University of Manchester psychologists to encourage families affected by the war to access the widely shared psychological support leaflets they created.

Health - Psychology - 21.07.2022
Pictures speak louder than words: pioneering psychosis therapy trial launches
Pictures speak louder than words: pioneering psychosis therapy trial launches
A clinical trial of a pioneering therapy which helps people with psychosis and schizophrenia to control frightening and intrusive images is launching in Manchester.

Psychology - Life Sciences - 20.07.2022
Analysis: Depression is probably not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain - new study
Analysis: Depression is probably not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain - new study
Writing in The Conversation, Professor Joanna Moncrieff and Dr Mark Horowitz (both UCL Psychiatry) report on their new research showing no clear evidence that serotonin levels or serotonin activity are responsible for depression. For three decades, people have been deluged with information suggesting that depression is caused by a "chemical imbalance" in the brain - namely an imbalance of a brain chemical called serotonin.

Computer Science - Psychology - 21.06.2022
Digital psychosis monitoring system trial launches
Digital psychosis monitoring system trial launches
A groundbreaking smartphone app for remote digital data collection which aims to predict if an individual will relapse into psychosis is to be trialled across the UK in a £12.5 million study. Led by University of Manchester researchers, the system will be tested across six Higher Education Institutions and their partnering NHS Trusts in England, Wales and Scotland.

Psychology - Health - 16.05.2022

Psychology - 28.04.2022
Teenagers' wellbeing seems to have little effect on GCSE performance
Teenagers’ wellbeing seems to have little effect on GCSE performance
Pupils who feel particularly joyful do not do any better in their GCSEs than their peers who do not feel as happy, according to UCL research led by Professor John Jerrim. The peer-reviewed study, published in Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, analysed data from 4,000 pupils aged 15 and 16 in England from PISA (Programme of International Assessment) 2018.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 20.04.2022
Windrush scandal victims to speak up about mental health and trauma
Windrush scandal victims to speak up about mental health and trauma
The intergenerational mental health consequences of the Windrush scandal on Caribbean and Black African families in the UK will be explored in a new project launched by UCL academic Dr Rochelle Burgess and social commentator and historian, Professor Patrick Vernon OBE.

Career - Psychology - 19.04.2022
Women are ’running with leaded shoes’ when promoted at work, says study
Promotion at work has greater emotional benefit for men than women, says a new study on gender and workplace emotion.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 06.04.2022
Only children more likely to care for ageing parents, but don't suffer worse mental health
Only children more likely to care for ageing parents, but don’t suffer worse mental health
Only children can manage the emotional and psychological demands of caring just as well as those who share duties with siblings, according to UCL researchers.

Psychology - 10.02.2022
From 'super-recognisers' to the 'face blind' - how tests reveal the underlying cognitive processes
From ’super-recognisers’ to the ’face blind’ - how tests reveal the underlying cognitive processes
At one end of the spectrum, there are people called " super-recognisers ". They find face recognition easy - often successfully identifying people even if they have only seen them once, briefly or a long time ago.

Psychology - Health - 26.11.2021

Psychology - 10.11.2021
Opinion: I interviewed Richard Ratcliffe about his hunger strike - here’s how it’s affecting him
Richard Ratcliffe has remained calm and determined during his hunger strike but going without food can have both a physical and psychological effect, says Professor Lucy Serpell (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).

Health - Psychology - 05.11.2021
Covid-19 pandemic is widening economic inequalities
People who were struggling financially before the pandemic are more than twice as likely, compared to people who were already living comfortably, to say they are now even worse off, find UCL researchers as part of the Covid-19 Social Study. Among people who were finding it difficult before the pandemic, 55% said in October 2021 they were worse off than before the pandemic, compared to 19% of people who were living comfortably before the pandemic.

Psychology - Health - 18.10.2021

Psychology - 17.09.2021
Why Do Historic Places Matter? Emotional Attachments to Urban Heritage
Historic urban places matter economically, environmentally and socially. But more than that, they matter emotionally.

Psychology - 14.09.2021
Government inaction on climate change linked to psychological distress in young people - new study
Largest scientific study of its kind finds climate anxiety affects the daily life and functioning of nearly half of children and young people surveyed globally.

Health - Psychology - 03.09.2021
Improved mental health support for frontline workers urgently needed
Frontline healthcare workers need a range of 'flexible', 'easily accessible' and 'consistent' psychological support to overcome the significant mental health burden resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, finds a new study of NHS and community-based staff, led by UCL researchers.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 23.08.2021
10,000 autistic people to take part in the UK's largest study of autism
10,000 autistic people to take part in the UK’s largest study of autism
An ambitious new research project, Spectrum 10K, launches today and will recruit 10,000 autistic individuals, as well as their relatives, living in the UK.

Psychology - Health - 20.08.2021
Mindfulness may improve cognition in older adults
Mindfulness may provide modest benefits to cognition, particularly among older adults, finds a new review of evidence led by UCL researchers. The systematic review and meta-analysis, published in Neuropsychology Review , found that, while mindfulness is typically geared towards improving mental health and well-being, it may also provide additional benefits to brain health.

Health - Psychology - 19.08.2021

Psychology - Social Sciences - 06.08.2021

Psychology - Sport - 20.07.2021
Knowledge Exchange Insights: Emotional Intelligence for Teamwork
Highlights from the third session of the Knowledge Exchange training series , facilitated by Yvonne McLean, as part of the ESRC Collaboration Labs Programme, The University of Manchester.

Psychology - 13.07.2021
Call for police to use body-worn cameras to record witness statements
Witness accounts given to police ought to be recorded by body-worn video cameras rather than summarised in written statements, according to a new report by criminal law experts at UCL and the University of Melbourne.

Psychology - 30.06.2021
Opinion: understanding what feeling ’empty’ means is important for improving our mental health
Trainee Clinical Psychologist Shona Herron (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) co-authors an article discussing her research into feelings of 'emptiness' and what they can mean for people's mental health.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 28.06.2021
Major £2.8 million UKRI funding to explore mental health outcomes for care-experienced young people
Major £2.8 million UKRI funding to explore mental health outcomes for care-experienced young people
The new research led by Dr Rachel Hiller (Bath) and Dr Lisa Holmes (Oxford), will look at the impact of transitions for care-experienced young people.

Health - Psychology - 08.06.2021
People more afraid of catching COVID-19 are more judgemental
People more afraid of catching COVID-19 are more judgemental
Researchers studying how we make moral judgements found that people more concerned about catching COVID-19 were more disapproving of the wrong-doings of others, whatever they were doing wrong. There is no rational reason to be more judgemental of others because you are worrying about getting sick during the pandemic Simone Schnall The researchers say their findings are evidence that our morality is shaped by various emotions and intuitions, of which concerns about health and safety are prominent.

Career - Psychology - 03.06.2021
One in twenty workers are in 'useless' jobs - far fewer than previously thought
One in twenty workers are in ’useless’ jobs - far fewer than previously thought
The so-called 'bullshit jobs theory' - which argues that a large and rapidly increasing number of workers are undertaking jobs that they themselves recognise as being useless and of no social value - contains several major flaws, argue researchers from the universities of Cambridge and Birmingham.

Psychology - Health - 01.06.2021
European Virtual Institute to study the neural basis of emotion
European Virtual Institute to study the neural basis of emotion
The award creates a Virtual Institute of seven European universities, including the University of Bristol, and nine industry/charity partners. The funds will support 15 PhD students working across the consortium over the next four years. The training network focuses on the role of a previously overlooked part of the brain, the cerebellum, and its involvement in the control of emotions.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 01.06.2021
Opinion: Covid’s ’lost generation’ may be more resilient than we think
The fact most mental health problems begin in adolescence doesn't mean that most adolescents will suffer mental illness, writes Honorary Lecturer Dr Lucy Foulkes (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).

Psychology - Social Sciences - 11.05.2021
New mothers twice as likely to have post-natal depression in lockdown
Almost half (47.5%) of women with babies aged six months or younger met the threshold for postnatal depression during the first COVID-19 lockdown, more than double average rates for Europe before the pandemic (23%), finds a new study led by UCL researchers. Women described feelings of isolation, exhaustion, worry, inadequacy, guilt, and increased stress.

Psychology - Health - 23.04.2021
Over a third have changed their drinking habits over the past year
Over a third have changed their drinking habits over the past year
Over a third of people (34.4%) reported a change in their drinking habits over the last year, and of those nearly half (49.1%) say they are currently drinking more alcohol compared to March/April 2020, find UCL researchers as part of the Covid-19 Social Study.

Psychology - Health - 16.04.2021

Psychology - Computer Science - 15.04.2021
Opinion: AI is increasingly being used to identify emotions - here’s what’s at stake
Emotional recognition technology (ERT) is a growing industry which aims to use AI to detect emotions from facial expressions, but it's controversial and biases can be built into the system, says an article co-authored by Dr Alexandra Albert (UCL Geography). Imagine you are in a job interview. As you answer the recruiter's questions, an artificial intelligence (AI) system scans your face, scoring you for nervousness, empathy and dependability.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 29.03.2021
Autism in the Somali community - myth-busting short films offer advice and top tips for parents
A series of five evidence-based short films and factsheets about autism for the Somali community have been launched by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded researchers at the University of Bristol and community organisation Autism Independence.

Health - Psychology - 15.03.2021
Analysis: how Covid-19 patients can recover from ICU delirium
The trauma of intensive care often triggers long-term mental health problems, and counselling is crucial to rehabilitation, says Honorary Associate Professor Dr Dorothy Wade (UCL Epidemiology & Health).

Social Sciences - Psychology - 11.03.2021
Opinion: Pandemic babies - how Covid-19 has affected child development
The first months and years of a child's life are vitally important for their long-term health, and more research is urgently needed into how the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown will have affected babies, says Professor Pasco Fearon (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).

Social Sciences - Psychology - 10.03.2021
Pandemic restrictions aggravating known triggers for self-harm and poor mental health among children and young people
Pandemic restrictions aggravating known triggers for self-harm and poor mental health among children and young people
Experts have issued a stark warning about the effects of the pandemic on the mental health of children and young people.

Psychology - Campus - 01.03.2021
This University Mental Health Day, make a positive change to your mental health
University Mental Health Day takes place on Thursday 4 March to encourage the university community to talk about mental health and make positive change.

Psychology - 22.02.2021
Does banning junk food ads work?
PhD Candidate Aarron Toal on the psychology behind our cravings. In 2020, the UK Government announced a ban on junk food advertising before 9pm.
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