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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.

Environment - Psychology - 18.02.2021
Cambridge psychologist helps Facebook fight climate change misinformation
Social media giant turn to behaviour and communication expert to help them tackle the dangerous anti-science myths that circulate online.   Facebook is in a unique position to counter the circulation of online misinformation Sander van der Linden Facebook has sought the help of experts on anti-environment propaganda, including a Cambridge psychologist, to improve their Climate Science Information Centre and help more of the platform's almost three billion monthly users find the latest accurate climate science data.

Health - Psychology - 29.01.2021
People exercising less and watching more TV than in first lockdown
Conversely, a fifth (19%) of people report watching television, streaming films and gaming, more than in the first lockdown, with 13% doing these activities less.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 26.01.2021
Pioneering research-based app aims to support people not able to have the children they wish for
A pioneering app has been developed by Cardiff University researchers to provide expert advice, information and step-by-step support for people not able to have the children they had hoped for.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 21.01.2021
Up to a fifth of adults have mental health problems in midlife
Baby Boomers and Generation X are at the greatest risk of mental ill-health in middle age, finds new UCL research The study, published today in Psychological Medicine, reveals that 20% of those born

Psychology - Career - 20.01.2021
Free online learning opportunities for staff this term
In this article we outline some of the bite-sized free online courses available to staff this term. Explore the full range of learning options available on our Learning and Development webpage.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 19.01.2021
Parental mental health worsens under new national COVID-19 restrictions
Parental stress, depression, and anxiety have again increased since new national restrictions have been introduced according to the latest report from the Oxford University-led COVID-19 Supporting Pa

Psychology - Health - 11.01.2021
Mindfulness can improve mental health and wellbeing - but unlikely to work for everyone
Mindfulness courses can reduce anxiety, depression and stress and increase mental wellbeing within most but not all non-clinical settings, say a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 04.01.2021
Clinical criteria for diagnosing autism inadequate for people with genetic conditions
People with certain genetic conditions are likely to have significant symptoms of autism, even if they do not meet all diagnostic criteria, a study concludes.

Psychology - Politics - 08.12.2020
The Brexit vote was never about ’head versus heart’: new study
Perceived lack of trustworthy news sources led people to make 'gut instinct' decisions People understood emotions were heightened but voting choices weren't led by feelings Contrary to the prevailing

Health - Psychology - 04.12.2020
Majority feel they comply with Covid-19 rules better than others
More than nine in ten (92%) people grade their own compliance with Covid-19 lockdown restrictions as better than what they think the population average is, find UCL researchers as part of the Covid-19 Social Study.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 16.11.2020
Return to school sees improvement in children’s mental health
Mental health difficulties in children increased during the first national lockdown (between March and June 2020), but have decreased since.  The latest report from the Co-SPACE study highlights that for participating primary school aged children: Over the course of the first national lockdown (March - June 2020), behavioural and restless/attentional difficulties increased, while most children were not attending school.

Psychology - 10.11.2020
Pessimistic tendencies predict bipolar disorder relapse
Relapse in people with bipolar disorder can be predicted accurately by their tendency towards having pessimistic beliefs, according to a new study involving UCL researchers.

Psychology - Health - 06.11.2020
Women and ethnic minorities have found the pandemic psychologically more challenging
Women have found the Covid-19 pandemic more challenging than men psychologically, reporting higher levels of depression, anxiety and loneliness, and lower levels of life satisfaction and happiness, find UCL researchers as part of the Covid-19 Social Study. Respondents to the study from BAME backgrounds also reported consistently worse mental health than other groups across every measure throughout the pandemic, with higher levels of depression, anxiety, thoughts of death or self-harm, reported abuse and loneliness, and lower life satisfaction and happiness.

Sport - Psychology - 19.10.2020
MatchFit app uses football to provide resources and support to vulnerable groups
An new app which uses football as a theme to provide positive resources and support for vulnerable groups including the young and the homeless has been launched by the Street Soccer Foundation , a charity run by ex-football player Keith Mabbutt.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 16.10.2020
Opinion: Developmental language disorder - what you need to know
In honour of DLD Awareness Day, Professor Courtenay Norbury (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) and her colleague explain the challenges facing children with developmental language disorder and calls for teachers and schools to use more techniques to help pupils.

Psychology - 14.10.2020
Handbook helps explain how best to combat misinformation
With the current flood of misinformation and "fake news" undermining democracies around the world, a consensus document that summarises the science of debunking has been published by a team of 22 prominent researchers of misinformation and its debunking.

Health - Psychology - 13.10.2020
High levels of PTSD in nursing and care staff dealing with COVID-19
Study finds high levels of PTSD in nursing and care staff dealing with COVID-19 A University of Glasgow mathematician has helped map the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing and care home staff in Italy.

Innovation - Psychology - 06.10.2020
Cambridge University and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore establish new research centre to support lifelong learning
A new research centre focused on improving support for lifelong learning and cognitive agility opened on 1 October 2020 in Singapore.

Health - Psychology - 11.09.2020
Over a quarter of people say their lives are very different now compared to before Covid-19
Despite the easing of lockdown measures, 28% of adults have reported that their lives are currently 'completely different' or have 'lots of differences' compared to prior to Covid-19, find UCL researchers as part of the Covid-19 Social Study.

Health - Psychology - 14.08.2020
New rehabilitation app to aid recovery of COVID-19 ’long-haulers’
Prospective students Current students UCL in the media Services for media Tell us your story An innovative digital programme, developed by UCL researchers with Barts Health NHS Trust and UCL Partners, to treat the long lasting effects of COVID-19 infection, is now being used by patients. The app, believed to be the first such tool to be rolled out in the UK, is being given to patients from Barts Health hospitals, who have been discharged but are continuing to recover and rehabilitate at home.

Psychology - Health - 21.07.2020
Comic books and problem solving school counsellors are secret weapons in the fight against India’s youth mental hea
A randomized trial in large, low-income secondary schools in New Delhi tested a novel intervention based on practical problem-solving, which was delivered by school counsellors with no prior mental health training The low-cost programme showed improvements in students' psychological and social problems and reduced stress over a three-month period and could have global implications for youth mental health intervention Academics from the Universit

Psychology - Social Sciences - 16.07.2020

Psychology - Social Sciences - 15.07.2020
Increased child benefit may help families escape lockdown inequality
Policy makers should increase child benefit and consider difficulties faced by families on low incomes in order to avoid the COVID-19 pandemic heightening existing inequalities and creating new ones, according to a new study. COVID-19 has caused additional, often extreme, hardship in families' lives with policy responses often not focused on the needs of families with dependent children.
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