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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
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
Electricity provides the spark of understanding for brain researchers
Electricity provides the spark of understanding for brain researchers
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Brain oscillations are rhythmic electrical fluctuations that affect a number of cognitive functions, including memory. But can they be used to change our behaviour? Dr Simon Hanslmayr and colleagues tested this question in a paper.
Date:
01/05/2014
Researcher examines online exploitation in new paper
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Juliane Kloess, a doctoral researcher working in the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology under the supervision of Professor Anthony Beech, has obtained acceptance for publication of her literature review paper in the forensic journal Trauma, Violence, and Abuse.
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17/04/2014
Comedian Robin Ince lends a hand to The Selective Attention and Awareness Laboratory
Comedian Robin Ince lends a hand to The Selective Attention and Awareness Laboratory
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Science enthusiast and stand-up comedian Robin Ince visited The Selective Attention and Awareness Laboratory in the School of Psychology on 27 March to take part in a number of exciting experiments designed to investigate anomalous experiences and hallucinations.
Date:
04/04/2014
Letter published in the journal Brain in reply to a study that gathered media attention
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Steven Gillespie (University of Birmingham, pictured top), Joseph McCleery (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, pictured middle) and Lindsay Oberman (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, pictured bottom) have recently had a letter published in the journal Brain, commenting on differences in empathic functioning between individuals with psychopathy and autism.
Date:
24/03/2014
New international network and website dedicated to the subject of family members and addiction
Description
The newly established Addiction and the Family International Network (AFINet) will build upon the work of the Addiction, Drugs and the Family (ADF UK) group to create a global membership network. ADF UK consists of a number of academics/clinicians who collaborate on undertaking research in this field and in attempting to raise the profile of this neglected area of research and practice.
Date:
13/03/2014
Six million Euros awarded to research project investigating conduct disorder in adolescent females
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FemNAT-CD, an international research project funded by the European Commission and endorsed by the World Health Organisation will investigate the neurobiological and environmental factors implicated in female conduct disorder, a psychiatric condition that is characterized by severe antisocial and aggressive behaviour. Several universities across Europe will collaborate, and the University of Birmingham is one of two sites primarily responsible for the collection of neuroimaging data.
Date:
13/03/2014
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