News and events 

Latest news and forthcoming events from the School of Psychology.
 

Events

'The effect of sensory sensitivity, autistic traits and food neophobia on adult food choices'
Date
27/05/2015 (10:00-11:00)
Location:
Frankland 305
Description
Part of the Ingestive Behaviour Seminar Series. Wednesday 27 May (10:00-11:00)
Conference: 'The Origins and Transmission of Culture (OToC): An interdisciplinary approach'
Date
28/05/2015 (08:30-18:30)
Location:
Sport and Exercise Sciences Building (Y14 on the Campus Map)
Description
The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers from different disciplines to discuss the origins of culture (for both humans and non-humans), how it evolved, and how we can study these changes.

 

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News

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
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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