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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
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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