School of Psychology News & events


25 November 2013

Cardiff leads €5.9M project to test Neurofeedback technique

Media more stressful for some than witnessing Boston bombs

9 December 2013

Professor Andrew Smith, School of Psychology asks whether reliving terrorist attacks repeatedly through the media’s coverage of the event cause more stress that experiencing it first hand. (The Conversation, 09.12.13)

Life enrichment after stroke

24 September 2013

Despite trauma stroke carers consistently regard caring experience positively

Autism hub launches

19 September 2013

Hub unites experts to improve outcomes for autism

Do we have to choose between cheap or clean energy?

5 September 2013

Professor Nick Pidgeon, School of Psychology comments on public perception of clean energy and whether, in times of economic difficulty, people think cheap energy is more important than reducing emissions. (BBC Online, 05.09.13)

Research finds 'US effect' exaggerates results in human behaviour studies

26 August 2013

Dr Chris Chambers from the School of Psychology comments on the a study which has found that scientists who study human behaviour are more likely than average to report exaggerated or eye-catching results if they are based in the United States. ( [Web], 26/08/2013)

Hypnosis gives insight into psychiatric disorders

22 August 2013

Professor Peter Halligan, School of Psychology argues how hypnosis gives insights into psychiatric disorders. (The Conversation, 22.08.13); (SBS.Com, 22.08.13)

Public Health Research programme grant winner

22 August 2013

Dr Wouter Poortinga, School of Psychology, has won a Public Health Research programme grant of £739,600 to study the health impacts of structural energy performance investments in Wales: an evaluation of the Arbed programme. (THE, 22.08.123, p21)

Frackers beware: public views on UK energy mix put values above cost

21 August 2013

Adam Corner, School of Psychology writes a blog about how fairness, security, affordability and avoiding wastefulness are key to forming public views on energy. He draws on new research produced by the University’s Understanding Risk group for the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) which is one of the first to document public perceptions of the energy system as a whole (rather than as individual technologies such as nuclear or solar power). (The Guardian, 21.08.13)

What does death feel like?

14 August 2013

Cardiff experts comment on study of the brain moments before death

Near-death experiences are 'electrical surge in dying brain'

13 August 2013

Dr Chris Chambers, School of Psychology and Dr David McGonigle, Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre comment on new research which found that a surge of electrical activity in the brain could be responsible for the vivid experiences described by near-death survivors. [BBC] [guardian] [dailymail] [sky] [independent]

Adult behaviour triggered in the womb?

6 August 2013

Hormonal imbalance in the placenta linked to anxiety and vulnerability to poor mental health.

Messing with nature? Geoengineering and green thought

29 July 2013

Dr Adam Corner, School of Psychology writes about public perceptions of geoengineering and the implications this has for the ‘green vs science’ debate. (Guardian Online, 29.07.13)

Pieces of mind: introducing the Guardian's new psychology blog

5 August 2013

Psychologists face a unique challenge: we use our minds to study the mind. The observer and the observed are one and the same.

Using suggestion to navigate the mind

24 July 2013

Hypnosis offers scientists an insight into brain function


19 July 2013

The school Graduation took place in the Tower Building, Park Place on 19th July 2013.

The King Louie Effect

17 July 2013

Babies socially motivated to learn at much younger age than previously thought

Green energy future

16 July 2013

University report finds large majority of public support moves to an efficient, clean, fair, and safe energy system.

Caffeine nation - Am I an addict?

10 July 2013

How we can tell how much caffeine we're consuming - which has implications during pregnancy - and issues surrounding high-caffeine energy drinks, children, and alcohol. All of which we examine in the documentary. [iPlayer]

Results Day Lunch

10 July 2013

We held a Results Day Celebration on Wednesday 26th June 2013. The results for these students were published in the foyer and a buffet lunch in the cybercafe was provided. This event was introduced last year to celebrate the success of our students with them and show them that we value and take pride in their results too.

Children 'learn humour by imitating parents'

22 June 2013

Psychologists from Cardiff University have found that children learn to spot obviously funny behaviour, such as a parent playing with a stuffed toy, from about 18 months. Dr Meredith Gattis, School of Psychology is quoted. (The Daily Telegraph, 21.06.13, p.15); (Daily Mail, 22.06.13, p.20); (The Sun, 22.06.13, p.30)

Trust in science would be improved by study pre-registration

5 June 2013

Open letter: We must encourage scientific journals to accept studies before the results are in

Paralysis of the frown muscles

5 June 2013

Research by Dr Michael Lewis, School of Psychology, has shown that paralysis of the frown muscles through Botox reduces levels of anxiety and depression simply because people cannot use the muscles involved. (Metro, 05.06.13, p.9); (Daily Star, 05.06.13, p.15) 

Enhancing maritime safety

29 May 2013

European project to address the failure of bridge systems and their usage

Analysing Psychiatry's Diagnostic Bible

23 May 2013

Researchers investigate who will get a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder using recently published mental health guidelines

ESRC PhD poster competition

19 May 2013

Bonni Crawford's (PSYCH) poster was entitled: ''The Social Concerns of Socially Aloof Individuals'' and was a very deserving winner of the £400 cheque!

Uniting to solve the mystery of mental illness

17 May 2013

£5.2M Wellcome Trust boost for mental health research [wellcome link]

When nature has a price tag: measuring the happiness factor of green spaces

1 May 2013

If you live in an urban area, how much happier do you think you'd be if your house was in a greener part of town? The answer, according to research published last week, may surprise you.

Climate change isn't just about the environment

24 April 2013

Adam Corner, School of Psychology, argues that Climate change isn't just about the environment – it's a health problem (The Guardian, 24.04.13).

Predicting aggression through perspiration

23 April 2013

People with autism are more likely to be taken in by magic tricks than previously thought, according to new research involving the University. (Health Canal, 23.04.13) (Mail Online, 01.05.13)

Corff Cymru

23 April 2013

Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) featured in the S4C science series Corff Cymru  - a programme looking at the human body from a Welsh perspective. Other University departments including the Wales Heart Research Institute will be featuring in upcoming programmes.

‘Having four fingers and 13 toes never stopped me doing what I love,’ says disabled businesswoman

17 April 2013

School of Psychology graduate, artist and businesswoman Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds talks of how she has never let her disability prevent her from doing what she wants to do. (South Wales Echo, 17.04.13, p.24-25) 

The taste of beer releases a chemical in the brain

16 April 2013

Professor David Linden comments on new research which claims the taste of beer releases a chemical in the brain which makes people want to drink more. (Mail Online 15.04.13); (Evening Standard Online, 15.04.13); (Irish Examiner, 16.04.13)

Treating laughter lines leaves patients feeling more depressed

11 April 2013

Injections of botulism toxin A (often referred to as Botox) to reduce crows' feet leaves people feeling more depressed (Western Mail, 15.04.13, p.23); (BBC Radio 4, The News Quiz, 12.04.13); (Mail on Sunday, 14.04.13, p.32) (Daily Mail, 29.04.13)

Professor Jones has been elected as Fellow of the Society of Biology

10 April 2013

Contributions to the advancement of the biological sciences recognised

Autism hub launched

2 April 2013

University creates unprecedented access to knowledge of autism

Cardiff University Brain Games

17 March 2013

As part of Brain Awareness Week, which aims to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, CUBRIC held its very own Brain Games at The National Museum Cardiff on Sunday 17th March 2013.

Something to chew over

8 March 2013

Chewing gum helps you concentrate for longer. [article]

Mapping oxygen consumption in the brain

7 March 2013

Grant to develop innovative technologies

Climate Change and levels of concern in Wales

4 March 2013

‘More important than ever’ for the Welsh Public.

Student Society Success

24 February 2013

School of Psychology named ‘Best University Society’.

Hypnosis study unlocks secrets of unexplained paralysis

20 February 2013

30% of patients with symptoms of neurological illness cannot be medically diagnosed -hypnosis may hold clues to an answer.

How can we solve gender inequality in science

8 February 2013

A parenting guide aimed at drawing more girls into science lacks evidence and promotes old-fashioned gender stereotypes.

Chewing gum can speed up thinking and alertness

3 February 2013

Professor Andy Smith, School of Psychology comments on new research which shows that reaction times are up to 10 per cent faster while chewing gum, and that as many as eight different areas of the brain are affected. (Independent on Sunday, 03.02.13, p.10); (Daily Mail, 04.02.13, p.7) - (Daily Star, 04.02.13, p.3) - (India Today, 04.02.13)

Colds and Cognition

3 February 2013

Studies offer fresh insights on the cognitive effects of colds and why some people may be more susceptible to them.

Those who publish research behind paywalls are victims not perpetrators

23 January 2013

Are scientists who publish in traditional journals 'immoral'?

The Cocktail Party Effect

2 January 2013

Professors Dylan Jones and Andy Smith, School of Psychology are interviewed about the work of psychologist Donald Broadbent. (BBC World Service, The Cocktail Party Effect, 2 and 3 January 2013)