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Tools for Talking supports the development of shared understandings between service users and social care providers

Tools for Talking supports the development of shared understandings between service users and social care providers
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A School of Psychology project has been shedding light on the social care experiences of people with learning disabilities from minority ethnic populations.
Date:
23/06/2014

Funding strengthens UK-Rio research links

Funding strengthens UK-Rio research links
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The University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham have a new funding agreement to work with leading research institutions in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. The agreement will initially support up to 10 collaborative research projects over two rounds of funding worth £340,000.
Date:
23/06/2014

Poll places Birmingham academics among world's most influential researchers

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Four academics from the University of Birmingham have been named as Highly Cited Researchers in a prestigious list of the world's leading scientific minds.
Date:
20/06/2014

Researchers from across UK share ideas at Studying Language in Mind conference

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Doctoral researchers from the School of Psychology and Department of Applied Linguistics recently organised a one-day conference called Studying Language in Mind: A Multi-disciplinary Approach to Research Methodology.
Date:
12/06/2014

Past imperfect: study explores brain's ability to forget unpleasant memories

Past imperfect: study explores brain's ability to forget unpleasant memories
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New research from the School of Psychology has shed light on the human brain's amazing ability to dispose of unhappy memories.
Date:
12/06/2014

Root growth regulation could help boost crop performance

Root growth regulation could help boost crop performance
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A team of scientists, including Dr Juliet Coates and Dr Dan Gibbs of the School of Biosciences, have uncovered a new mechanism by which plants can regulate root architecture, a discovery that could lead to better ways of growing crops.
Date:
09/06/2014

New paper sheds light on anomalous bodily experiences in non-clinical hallucinators

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A new paper published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance examined whether individuals predisposed to anomalous bodily experiences would be more or less susceptible to the induction of the rubber-hand illusion.
Date:
04/06/2014

Plants can shape their own destiny

Plants can shape their own destiny
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Recent experiments by Dr. George Bassel together with collaborators in Cologne Germany have demonstrated that the shape of plant cells can also predispose their ability to expand in response to growth-promoting gene expression.
Date:
30/05/2014

Trainee psychologist plays vital role in securing £100,000 for vulnerable youngsters

Trainee psychologist plays vital role in securing £100,000 for vulnerable youngsters
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Trainee Clinical Psychologist Carly Spicer made her mark during a work placement by helping a social enterprise secure £100,000 of government funding.
Date:
29/05/2014

Robots gear up for British Science Festival
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The University of Birmingham's robots are preparing for the British Science Festival, which is coming to the city in September.
Date:
27/05/2014

The Birmingham Brief: Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'

The Birmingham Brief: Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'
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Professor Stuart Harrad discusses recent reports in the national press that have drawn attention to calls for a ban on the use of tiny plastic beads (microbeads) added as exfoliants and abradants to toiletries like cosmetics and toothpaste.
Date:
22/05/2014

Keeping to the beat is no mean feat: Scientists reveal how two tracks of music become one

Keeping to the beat is no mean feat: Scientists reveal how two tracks of music become one
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How does a DJ mix two songs to make the beat seem common to both tracks? And how accurate does beat mixing need to be to enhance, rather than disrupt perceived rhythm? In a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society, scientists from the School of Psychology presented a new model that predicts whether or not two tracks will seem to share a common beat.
Date:
21/05/2014

Keeping to the beat is no mean feat: Scientists reveal how two tracks of music become one

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How does a DJ mix two songs to make the beat seem common to both tracks? A successful DJ makes the transition between tracks appear seamless while a bad mix is instantly noticeable and results in a 'galloping horses' effect that disrupts the dancing of the crowd. How accurate does beat mixing need to be to enhance, rather than disrupt perceived rhythm?
Date:
21/05/2014

School of Biosciences at the forefront of open-access publishing and international research networking

School of Biosciences at the forefront of open-access publishing and international research networking
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Dr Roland Brandstaetter from the School of Biosciences has been appointed as a guest associate editor of Frontiers to host a new research topic in the section Neurology: Sleep and Chronobiology.
Date:
09/05/2014

University of Birmingham's 'top ten' celebrates global impact

University of Birmingham's 'top ten' celebrates global impact
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For more than 100 years, research at the University of Birmingham has had a major impact on the world, from pioneering transplant surgery, the use of microwaves and creating artificial Vitamin C. This world-changing research is now being celebrated with a new 'top ten' list of academic pioneers.
Date:
09/05/2014

People Behind the Science - Interview with Dr Jeremy Pritchard

People Behind the Science - Interview with Dr Jeremy Pritchard
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Dr Jeremy Pritchard, Senior Lecturer in Biology and Head of Education in the School of Biosciences, talks to the team at People Behind the Science about his journey through life and science.
Date:
08/05/2014

Biosciences Professor wins 2014 Jeremy Knowles Award

Biosciences Professor wins 2014 Jeremy Knowles Award
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Professor Gurdyal Besra, Bardrick Professor of Microbial Physiology and Chemistry in the School of Biosciences, has been awarded the 2014 Jeremy Knowles Award for his contributions to our understanding of the basic chemistry and biochemistry of the cell wall of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and his ground-breaking work in the area of tuberculosis T-cell antigens and the CD1 antigen presentation pathway.
Date:
08/05/2014

Birmingham Brief: Playing with fire - the peril of Britain's obsession with gambling

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Professor Jim Orford examines the government's decision to grant increased powers for local authorities to refuse new licences for betting shops and impose extra controls on machine gambling.
Date:
07/05/2014

Birmingham biochemist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award

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Professor Gurdyal S. Besra from the University of Birmingham has been named the Royal Society of Chemistry Jeremy Knowles Award winner for 2014.
Date:
06/05/2014

School alumni elected as Fellows of the Royal Society

School alumni elected as Fellows of the Royal Society
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We are proud to announce that three alumni of the School of Biosciences have recently been elected Fellows of the Royal Society, a self-governing organisation dedicated to identifying and supporting the work of outstanding scientists. The honour is the highest accolade in British science.
Date:
02/05/2014
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