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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
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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

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

How we hold information in the mind as we age

How we hold information in the mind as we age
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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
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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

Published doctoral researcher paper explores pathways to offending
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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
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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
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