News - 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)
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. (Guardian.co.uk [Web], 26/08/2013)
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)
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)
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]
Hormonal imbalance in the placenta linked to anxiety and vulnerability to poor mental health [telegraph]
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)
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]
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.
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)
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)
£5.2M Wellcome Trust boost for mental health research [wellcome link]
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.
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).
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.
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)
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)
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)
Chewing gum helps you concentrate for longer. [article]
As part of Brain Awareness Week, which aims to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, CUBRIC will be holding its very own Brain Games at The National Museum Cardiff on Sunday 17th March 2013. Come and join in!
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)
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)