Psychology news archive 2017
Some individual animals are prone to social isolation, new research suggests.
When do children stop believing in Father Christmas? Did you feel distressed by the revelation that Santa isn’t real? Were you angry you were lied to, when you found out? Was Christmas different after that? Did the magic disappear?
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.
People whose lives have been affected by dementia have worked with well-known professional artists to create insightful images and poems that capture some of their experiences, to form a new book.
Male killer whales are more likely to die if they are not at the centre of their social group, new research suggests.
People in Exeter and north, east and mid Devon who have bipolar or cyclothymic disorder are being recruited for a new scientific study.
Chickens’ motives for crossing the road are often questioned – but pheasants should probably avoid it altogether, new research suggests.
Men who have suffered head injuries are being recruited for a new scientific study.
Campaigns designed to stop young people “bolting” drinks can make them more likely to do it, new research suggests.
New research from the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) has revealed which mentally engaging activities best keep the brain sharp.
A new study has shown that regularly walking a dog boosts levels of physical activity in older people, especially during the winter.
Drinking alcohol improves memory for information learned before the drinking episode began, new research suggests.
Personalised cognitive rehabilitation therapy can help people with early stage dementia significantly improve their abilities.
Squirrels can remember problem-solving techniques for long periods and can apply them to new situations, researchers have discovered.
Hiding your true self at work can damage your career and reduce your sense of belonging in the workplace, a new study suggests.
Alzheimer’s Society has announced today that it has committed almost £2million to the University of Exeter.
Bird and bumblebee species that nest late in the year are suffering more from the destruction of habitats, new research suggests.
Women are judged negatively if they choose to take maternity leave – and if they don’t – new research suggests.
Five ways people can act on dementia, backed by research
A simple brain-training game could help children choose healthy snacks instead of chocolate and sweets, according to a new study.
A psychologist who specialises in topics including leadership and motivation has won an award from the British Psychological Society.
Large families and strong social ties help animals live longer, new research suggests.
Helping people recover from extreme stress or psychological trauma will be the focus of a public event at the University of Exeter on Saturday (20 May).
Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later life, according to new research.
A new paper sets out principles for responsibly testing innovative treatments for severe depression, based on treating more than 100 patients with approximately 1,000 infusions of ketamine over six years.
Rehabilitation is as important for people with dementia as it is for people with physical disabilities, according to a leading dementia expert.
Experts are seeking volunteers to test a research-based app that aims to help users curb cravings for unhealthy foods and lose weight.
Danger from predators causes animals to form stronger friendships, according to new research.
Psychologists devise brain-training game to help you lose weight.
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.
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.
Macho pursuits dominate traditional risk assessments, reinforcing gender stereotypes
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.