Traditional Amazonian drug linked to improved sense of wellbeing

A psychedelic drug traditionally used in South America improves people’s general sense of wellbeing and may offer a treatment for alcoholism and depression, new research suggests.

Weak social ties a killer for male whales

Male killer whales are more likely to die if they are not at the centre of their social group, new research suggests

People with bipolar mood swings needed for research trial

People in Exeter and north, east and mid Devon who have bipolar or cyclothymic disorder are being recruited for a new scientific study.

Pheasant roadkill peaks in autumn and late winter

Chickens’ motives for crossing the road are often questioned – but pheasants should probably avoid it altogether, new research suggests

Head injury sufferers needed for study

Men who have suffered head injuries are being recruited for a new scientific study.

Monkey island research station battered by Hurricane Maria

Researchers are working to restore a Puerto Rican research station and its nearby community following damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

Telling people not to ‘down’ drinks could make them drink more

Campaigns designed to stop young people “bolting” drinks can make them more likely to do it, new research suggests. 

How to keep your brain sharp in older age

New research from the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) has revealed which mentally engaging activities best keep the brain sharp.

Dog walking could be key to ensuring activity in later life

A new study has shown that regularly walking a dog boosts levels of physical activity in older people, especially during the winter.

Alcohol boosts recall of earlier learning

Drinking alcohol improves memory for information learned before the drinking episode began, new research suggests.

Squirrels have long memory for problem solving

Squirrels can remember problem-solving techniques for long periods and can apply them to new situations, researchers have discovered.

Ape expert joins War for the Planet of the Apes Q&A

A real-life primate expert joined stars of new film War for the Planet of the Apes for a Q&A with journalists.

Hiding true self harms career and sense of belonging

Hiding your true self at work can damage your career and reduce your sense of belonging in the workplace, a new study suggests.

Late-nesting birds and bees face habitat threat

Bird and bumblebee species that nest late in the year are suffering more from the destruction of habitats, new research suggests.

Women ‘damned either way’ on maternity leave

Women are judged negatively if they choose to take maternity leave – and if they don’t – new research suggests.

App trains people not to reach for chocolate and alcohol

Psychologists devise brain-training game to help you lose weight.

Mother-daughter conflict between killer whales can explain the evolution of menopause

An international research team have found that mother-daughter conflict can explain why killer whales are one of only three known species of mammal, including humans, to go through the menopause.

Dry January: Ketamine trial could help free Devon man from alcoholism

Just two months ago, Marcus was drinking up to seven bottles of wine a night and regularly blacking out, sometimes finding himself in police custody.

Male bumblebees leave home without looking back

Male bumblebees leave home and fly away without looking back, making no effort to remember the location of the nest, researchers at the University of Exeter have found.

Yo-yo dieting might cause extra weight gain

Repeated dieting may lead to weight gain because the brain interprets the diets as short famines and urges the person to store more fat for future shortages, new research suggests.

New mothers preoccupied with their problems can find it more difficult to respond to their babies

Mothers who have repetitive and self-focused negative thoughts about their own problems can have poorer-quality relationships with their babies, new research from the University of Exeter shows.

Should parents lie to children about Santa?

Shops are bursting with toys, mince pies are on the menu and radios are blasting out Christmas tunes – so it’s time for another festive favourite: lying to children.

Concept of "glass cliff" resonates for women

The inventors of the term “glass cliff” – which appears on the shortlist for the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year 2016 – say it has found fame because it resonates for so many women.

New report recommends measures to improve dementia care

Enabling people with dementia to maintain control of the decisions surrounding their care is key to avoiding isolation, according to a new report by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Even physicists are "afraid" of mathematics

Physicists avoid highly mathematical work despite being trained in advanced mathematics, new research suggests.

New partnership between Exeter and the Center for Whale Research

The Vice Chancellor met with Professor Darren Croft and Dr Deborah Giles at the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Islands USA to talk about the work they have been doing.

Award-winning cartoonist joins experts to discuss dementia care and support

Experts in dementia and those affected by the emotional experience of having a loved one with the condition will join an award-winning cartoonist to discuss the care and support available for those with memory loss at an event today.

Bees use multiple cues in hunt for pollen

Bees use a variety of senses and memory of previous experiences when deciding where to forage for pollen, research by the University of Exeter suggests.

Experts to use drones to discover more about killer whales

Drones will be used to discover more about the social lives of killer whales and help conserve these amazing mammals, which are at risk of extinction.

EASP summer school 2016

The University of Exeter is honoured to host the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) summer school 2016.

Expert on political crisis wins top psychology award

An expert on the psychology of political crisis is to receive this year’s Presidents’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge from the British Psychological Society.

Behavioural Activation as effective as CBT for depression, at lower cost

A simple and inexpensive therapy is equally as effective at treating depression as the “gold standard” of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Exercise can change brain structure and reduce dementia risk

Getting regular exercise can lower the risk of cognitive decline and can even change our brain structure.

Study recruits volunteers to trial ketamine as new treatment for alcoholism

A study aiming to evaluate the use of the drug ketamine as a treatment for severe alcohol disorder is currently recruiting volunteers.

Humans could learn something from pigeons to improve their efficiency

Humans could become better at switching between tasks if they behaved more like pigeons.

Flamingo researcher wins top award

A zoo biologist from the University of Exeter has won a prestigious gold award for his research into flamingo friendships.

MPs want academic “match-making” service to help inform policy

MPs have expressed an overwhelming willingness to use a proposed new service to swiftly link them with academics in relevant areas

Dementia researchers tell their story on BBC’s Horizon

Researchers from the University of Exeter will appear on BBC Two’s flagship science strand Horizon this week.

Researcher gives evidence on young adult offenders in wake of deaths

A neuropsychologist from the University of Exeter called for better treatment of young adults when giving evidence to an influential parliamentary inquiry yesterday.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy helps prevent depression recurrence

The largest meta-analysis so far of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for recurrent depression has found that MBCT is an effective treatment option.

House of Commons showcase for University of Exeter dementia research

University of Exeter research which can help people living with early-stage dementia to manage their everyday lives and remain independent will be showcased by politicians at the House of Commons.

Tributes paid to former University of Exeter Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor

Tributes have been paid to the former Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter, Professor Paul Webley, CBE, who has passed away aged 62.

Dementia: “illness” label can lower mood

People who perceive dementia symptoms as an illness feel more negative than those who see it as an inevitable part of getting older, a new study indicates.

Gene could help identify psychosis risk in cannabis users

Researchers have identified a gene which can be used to predict how susceptible a young person is to the mind-altering effects of smoking cannabis.

Exeter psychologist wins prestigious awards

A University of Exeter psychologist has been given three prestigious prizes for his work to further understanding of how the human mind regulates behaviour.

Exeter researcher awarded 1000th Leverhulme Fellowship

A leading behavioural ecologist from the University of Exeter has become the 1,000th researcher to receive a national fellowship for her pioneering research contributions in the field of social evolution and animal behaviour.

People with dementia gain from learning self-management skills

People with early-stage dementia benefit when they are empowered to manage their own condition, a study led by researchers at the University of Exeter has found.

New study gives squirrels plenty of food for thought

The age-old adage that ‘practice makes perfect’ has been found to illustrate how the humble grey squirrel solves problems in the search for food.

Beat the January blues with food, say Exeter researchers

If you are prone to the January blues after an over-indulgent festive season, you could help researchers at the University of Exeter discover whether healthy eating can ward off depression.

Exeter study offers free online depression therapy

In January, the most depressing month of the year, researchers are urging people to take up free therapy courses in a bid to help them find a definitive answer to what works best in online treatment for depression.

People face subconscious urges to over-eat at this time of year

People have evolved to have subconscious urges to over-eat, and limited ability to avoid becoming obese, especially in winter, a University of Exeter study has found.

Exeter Professor tops TEDx YouTube Channel playlist

A talk given by the University of Exeter’s Professor Michelle Ryan for the 2015 TEDxExeter talk series has been viewed nearly 70,000 times in the past six months, and tops a recent international compilation of TEDx talks on the way we work.

Exeter subjects ranked amongst the global best

Both science and humanities subjects at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, according to an influential global league table.

£2 million for Exeter Centre of Excellence in dementia care research

Alzheimer’s Society has announced today that it has committed almost £2million to the University of Exeter.

‘Friends of friends’ relationships may be simpler than they seem

New research gives clues into how social networks can evolve by showing that complex social patterns seen in the animal kingdom may be simpler than they appear.