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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

Motor system may be involved in selection of perceptual targets, PhD student paper suggests

Motor system may be involved in selection of perceptual targets, PhD student paper suggests
Description
School of Psychology PhD student Phil Woodgate is lead author on a new paper published in Behavioural Brain Research on the topic of visual attention. This recent paper by Phil and colleagues suggests that the motor system, a brain area involved in programming and executing motor responses, is also involved in the selection of perceptual targets.
Date:
19/05/2015

The Conversation: How alcohol makes you friendlier – but only to certain people

Description
What happens to your brain when you drink?
Date:
18/05/2015

Balanced tendency to autism and psychosis could diminish perspective-taking difficulties

Balanced tendency to autism and psychosis could diminish perspective-taking difficulties
Description
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have shed new light on the relationship between autistic tendencies and psychosis proneness in neurotypical adults.
Date:
15/05/2015

Researcher interviewed for BBC radio programme

Researcher interviewed for BBC radio programme
Description
Jackie Blissett was recently interviewed as part of a BBC World Service radio programme about fussy eating in children.
Date:
05/05/2015
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