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Successful self-other dynamics conference organised

Successful self-other dynamics conference organised
Description
On 6 July 2015, approximately 50 researchers from Birmingham and across the UK converged on the University of Birmingham for a one-day conference titled, 'It takes two to tango: A translational approach to self-other dynamics'.
Date:
05/08/2015

New study shows how complex bonobo communication is similar to that of human infants

New study shows how complex bonobo communication is similar to that of human infants
Description
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have found that wild bonobos, our closest living relatives in the primate world, communicate in a similar manner to human infants, using a high-pitched call type, or 'peep', that requires context to be understood.
Date:
04/08/2015

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

PhD student awarded Funds for Women Graduates grant

PhD student awarded Funds for Women Graduates grant
Description
School of Psychology PhD student Maria Pomoni is the successful recipient of the Emergency Grant for 2015 from the Funds for Women Graduates (FfWg).
Date:
21/07/2015

How eating a meal affects brain responses

How eating a meal affects brain responses
Description
A recent paper by Dr Suzanne Higgs and Dr Jason Thomas published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports the results of a study on the brain processes involved in control of meal size. Findings show that eating a meal reduces brain reward response to food and increases activity in brain regions involved in behaviour control.
Date:
15/07/2015

Doctoral researchers hold successful interdisciplinary conference on Culture

Doctoral researchers hold successful interdisciplinary conference on Culture
Description
Two doctoral researchers from the School of Psychology - Eva Reindl and Elisa Bandini, and Nimrita Rana from the Department of Anthropology and African Studies organised a successful one-day interdisciplinary conference on 'The Origins and Transmission of Culture (OToC)'.
Date:
29/06/2015
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