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Measuring the time it takes to find 'a friend in a crowd': new paper

Measuring the time it takes to find 'a friend in a crowd': new paper
Description
In everyday life we are frequently faced with the task of finding a certain object among many other irrelevant objects (e.g. a friend in a crowd). The strategy underlying this visual search has been a topic of interest in psychology for many years.
Date:
04/08/2015

Grant from the Bial Foundation to examine hallucinatory anomalous body experiences

Grant from the Bial Foundation to examine hallucinatory anomalous body experiences
Description
Dr Jason Braithwaite (pictured right) has been awarded a grant for €41,600 from the Bial Foundation to examine anomalous body experiences in non-clinical populations.
Date:
29/07/2015

The hyperexcitable brain: two papers published

The hyperexcitable brain: two papers published
Description
Dr Jason Braithwaite has published two new papers which explore the hyperexcitable cortex in individuals predisposed to anomalous perceptions.
Date:
29/07/2015

Participants needed (13-17 years of age)

Participants needed (13-17 years of age)
Description
Researchers in the School of Psychology are looking for healthy teenagers to participate in a research project. The project is studying how young people respond to rewarding information.
Date:
02/06/2015

The Conversation: Why do heavier children do worse at school? It's not their fault

The Conversation: Why do heavier children do worse at school? It's not their fault
Description
Heavier people are less likely to be hired and more likely to be fired – and some of this may begin at school. Angela Meadows, Doctoral Researcher in the School of Psychology, comments.
Date:
02/06/2015

The dark side of the 'love hormone'; research points to striking similarities with the effects of alcohol

The dark side of the 'love hormone'; research points to striking similarities with the effects of alcohol
Description
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have highlighted significant similarities between the behavioural effects of oxytocin and alcohol.
Date:
20/05/2015

Researchers identify a genetic marker, which influences brain activity patterns that place children at higher risk of psychological problems later in life

Researchers identify a genetic marker, which influences brain activity patterns that place children at higher risk of psychological problems later in life
Description
Researchers studying a healthy population of young children have uncovered evidence for an association between a genetic marker that modulates the uptake of a particular brain chemical ('neurotransmitter'), serotonin (5-HTTLPR), and patterns of activation in the right and left frontal lobes of the brain, that have previously been associated with increased susceptibility for later psychological problems, including depression and anxiety.
Date:
19/05/2015

PhD student paper points to improved method for investigating brain changes in sleep

PhD student paper points to improved method for investigating brain changes in sleep
Description
Rebecca Wilson, a PhD student in the School of Psychology, has recently published her work in the journal NeuroImage. The study investigates dynamic changes in the connectivity of brain regions using fMRI.
Date:
19/05/2015
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