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How we hold information in the mind as we age

How we hold information in the mind as we age
Description
Data collected from 29,000 players of a smartphone game has revealed changes to the way information is held in mind as we get older. The conducted study showed that as a compensation for information held in mind being more vulnerable to distraction, older adults seem to approach the task of putting information in mind as if distractors were present.
Date:
05/05/2015

Clinical psychologists nominated for Enterprising Birmingham Innovation Competition award

Clinical psychologists nominated for Enterprising Birmingham Innovation Competition award
Description
Dr Ruth Howard and Dr Gary Law, School of Psychology, were recently shortlisted for the final of the Enterprising Birmingham Innovation Competition 2015 award. The nomination recognises their exciting partnership with Warburton's and the development of the second 'Gut Feelings' film to support parents of children and young people living with coeliac disease.
Date:
29/04/2015

Published doctoral researcher paper explores pathways to offending

Published doctoral researcher paper explores pathways to offending
Description
Doctoral Researcher Ewa Stefanska, together with Professor Anthony Beech and Daz Bishopp, has published a paper in the Journal of Criminal Justice which explores offence pathways of non-serial sexual killers, with a focus on whether the pathways of those with a previous conviction for rape or attempted rape differed from those who had no such convictions.
Date:
29/04/2015

Enhancing cognition research featured on scientific video journal website

Enhancing cognition research featured on scientific video journal website
Description
The work of Research Fellow Paul Pope has been featured on the website JoVE (the Journal of Visualized Experiments) - the world's first peer reviewed scientific video journal.
Date:
03/04/2015

1.9 million Euro ERC grant to explore memory coding in human brains

1.9 million Euro ERC grant to explore memory coding in human brains
Description
Episodic memory is the time machinery that allows us to mentally travel back in time in order to relive past experiences, often in great sensory detail. These memories are highly associative and very information rich, but how are these memories coded in human brains?
Date:
27/03/2015

1.5 million Euro ERC grant for project to explore motor learning influences

1.5 million Euro ERC grant for project to explore motor learning influences
Description
Motor learning is a fundamental process which influences many aspects of our lives; from learning to walk in childhood to the rehabilitation process following an illness or injury. Despite the impact to society, it has proved extremely difficult to develop interventions that significantly enhance human motor learning in health or disease. Recent work from the Galea lab suggests that reward- and punishment-based feedback have positive but dissociable effects on motor learning.
Date:
27/03/2015

The effects of punishment and reward on motor learning - paper published in Nature Neuroscience

The effects of punishment and reward on motor learning - paper published in Nature Neuroscience
Description
In a new study published by Nature Neuroscience, Birmingham Research Fellow Joseph Galea and colleagues, show that reward- and punishment-based feedback (winning money based on task success vs. losing money based on task failure) have both positive, but dissociable, effects on motor learning and memory; while punishment led to faster learning, reward caused greater memory retention.
Date:
20/03/2015

Watching the brain forget

Watching the brain forget
Description
Researchers from the School of Psychology, together with the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, have been able to track how individual memories are forgotten in the human brain.
Date:
16/03/2015
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'How redundant copying can help explain the stability of cumulative culture'

Date
01/03/2016
Location:
Frankland 309b
Description
Part of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Development Group Seminar Series. Speaker: Claudio Tennie, University of Birmingham. Tuesday 1 March (13:30-14:30)

'CALM and collected: A dimensional approach to developmental disorders of attention, learning and memory'

'CALM and collected: A dimensional approach to developmental disorders of attention, learning and memory'
Date
23/03/2016
Location:
Law building LT3
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Professor Susan Gathercole, University of Cambridge. Wednesday 23 March 2016 (13:00-14:00)

'Neurobiological basis of antisocial behaviour in children'

'Neurobiological basis of antisocial behaviour in children'
Date
27/04/2016
Location:
Law building LT3
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Professor Susan Gathercole, University of Cambridge. Wednesday 23 March 2016 (13:00-14:00)
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