Scientists have found new evidence of menopause in killer whales – raising fascinating questions about how and why it evolved.
Conservation is being neglected compared to other areas of research when investigating animal social networks in zoos, new research has shown.
While the UK was in lockdown, certain species of captive amphibians became more visible, a new study suggests.
New research by the University of Exeter and funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will evaluate and establish the best model to support student wellbeing across the university sector.
People who have experienced childhood trauma get a more pleasurable "high" from morphine, new research suggests.
Killer whales have complex social structures including close "friendships", according to a new study that used drones to film the animals.
Using a brain-training app helps people eat less junk food and lose weight, new research suggests.
Travelling elephants pay close attention to scent trails of dung and urine left by other elephants, new research shows.
YouTube channels run by zoos focus on entertainment over education, according to a new study.
Captive pelicans that are free to choose their own friendships are more likely to breed successfully on repeated occasions, new research suggests.
Some meat eaters feel disgusted by meat, according to a new study.
Larger bumblebees are more likely to go out foraging in the low light of dawn, new research shows.
Many women "risk" allowing natural grey hair to show in order to feel authentic, a new study shows.
Flamingo chicks raised by foster parents from another flamingo species develop normally, scientists say.
Monkeys formed more friendships and became more tolerant of each other after their island was devastated by a hurricane, new research shows.
Pheasants fall into two groups in terms of how they find their way around – and the different types prefer slightly different habitats, new research shows.
Small changes to people's writing style can reveal which social group they "belong to" at a given moment, new research shows.
Wasps provide crucial support to their extended families by babysitting at neighbouring nests, according to new research by a team of biologists from the universities of Bristol, Exeter and UCL published today [15 February] in Nature Ecology and Evolution.
Bird species that live in their natural habitats can help zoos learn how to manage those in captivity, according to a new review.
Children of mothers experiencing depressive symptoms are more at risk, as adolescents, of experiencing suicidal thoughts and attempting suicide.
Just like humans trying to stick to New Year's resolutions, guppies have varying levels of self-control, a new study shows.
Big bumblebees take time to learn the locations of the best flowers, new research shows.
Living beside familiar neighbours boosts a squirrel's chances of survival and successful breeding, new research shows.
Scientists have created an evolutionary model to predict how animals should react in stressful situations.
People borrowing money for the first time should only be given small amounts until they have proved their competence, a new study says.
Mountain gorilla groups are friendly to familiar neighbours – provided they stay out of "core" parts of their territory – new research shows.
Feeling misunderstood by other groups makes people more likely to support separatist causes like Brexit and Scottish independence, new research suggests.
Old male elephants play a key role in leading all-male groups, new research suggests.
Swans display more aggression to fellow swans than other birds, new research shows.
Prescription medication of cannabis extract cannabidiol (CBD) is safe for daily use in treating cannabis use disorder, and could help people to cut down on cannabis use, according to an initial randomised controlled trial published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.
Mountain gorillas that live in oversized groups may have to limit the number of strong social relationships they form, new research suggests.
Educators at informal science learning sites such as science museums, zoos and aquariums promote interest and learning among visitors of all ages, new research has found.
The quest to discover why friendship plays such a pivotal role in social and mental well-being has been given a significant boost, it has been announced.
Head injuries may be worryingly common among police officers, according to a new pilot study led by the University of Exeter.
Workplace gender bias is being kept alive by people who think it’s no longer an issue, new research suggests.
Trinidadian guppies behave like matadors, focusing a predator’s point of attack before dodging away at the last moment, new research shows.
Bright pink flamingos are more aggressive than paler rivals when fighting over food, new research shows.
Young people, men and people in “individualistic” societies report higher levels of loneliness, according to a large-scale global study.
Two prestigious Athena SWAN awards have just been granted to three University of Exeter departments to recognise their commitment to gender equality.
An online treatment proven to prevent anxiety and depression in young people is set to become available to the NHS and other mental health services worldwide.
People with low or no visual imagery are more likely to work in scientific and mathematical industries than creative sectors, according to new research.
“Ethnic spaces” at US universities make students from underrepresented minority groups feel a greater sense of belonging and engagement with their university, new research suggests.
Flamingos form friendships that last for years, new research shows.
Zoo improvements should benefit all animals and include a wide range of “enrichment” techniques, researchers say.
Tougher early lives could help captive-bred game birds develop survival skills for adulthood in the wild, new research suggests.
Squirrels that strongly favour their left or right side are less good at learning, new research suggests.
Post-menopausal killer whale grandmothers improve the chances of survival for their calves, new research has found.
Close friendships improve the survival chances of rhesus macaques, new research shows.
Leadership during cooperation runs in the family for tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies, new research shows.
Watching the behaviour and body language of zoo animals could be the key to understanding and improving their welfare, new research suggests.
Research on zoo animals focuses more on “familiar” species like gorillas and chimpanzees than less well known ones like the waxy monkey frog, scientists say.
Flamingos at the Oakland Zoo are at their flamboyant best thanks to scientists at the University of Exeter.
A spectacular weekend of sound, light, music and art will bring together regional and international artists to explore the connection between coastal living and wellbeing.
Middle-aged people are lonelier than older adults and young people, new research suggests.
Men’s empathy for other men who sexually harass women may help explain why they are more likely to blame victims, new research suggests.
Top male biathletes are more attractive to the opposite sex, according to a new study by scientists at the universities of Exeter and Bristol.
A University of Exeter scientist has won a gold award for his research into the nocturnal behaviour of flamingos.
If you want to live a healthier life and help save the planet then the science points to eating less meat.
Psychologists might hold the key to reducing soil erosion that wrecks pasture land belonging to the Maasai tribe in Tanzania.
A new study has revealed a range of factors that cause a variation in predation by magpies on farmland songbirds.
Artists are being invited to bid for a commission to take part in an innovative project that will combine science and the arts to explore mental health, starting at the Cornish coast.
A daily intake of nutritional supplements won’t help stave off the onset of depression, a new study has revealed.
Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests.
Taking time to think kind thoughts about yourself and loved ones has psychological and physical benefits, new research suggests.
Drinking tea or coffee, exercising and imagining events are things that most of us do sometimes, but they might tell us more about how people with bipolar disorder can manage their condition.
A leading Clinical Neuropsychologist from the University of Exeter has received a prestigious award for his work.
Very shy people are more likely to suffer “hangxiety” – anxiety during a hangover – than their extrovert friends, new research shows.
Female vets still face discrimination, a new study has revealed.
Employers and employees must work together to tackle issues of confidence and motivation, as a new report from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reveals day-to-day experiences in the workplace are the biggest drivers for burnout and exit from the veterinary profession.
Researchers at the University of Exeter are looking for volunteers to help them explore whether assigning a more positive meaning to a stressful event can reduce stress and improve emotional wellbeing.
Most people living with dementia also have at least one other health condition, and health services need to adapt to optimise their health and quality of life, a new study concludes.
Theresa May was put on a “glass cliff” when she became UK prime minister after the Brexit vote, a leading researcher says.
A positive sense of mental well-being is related to better brain health among older adults, according to a new report issued today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) and involving University of Exeter research.
MPs will consider a report by scientists on the services available to people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
Teenagers’ attachment to their smart phones is being harnessed to prevent anxiety and depression and improve wellbeing.
“I suppose I’d say I was high-functioning but still a problem drinker. I drank in the evenings and although I wasn’t in trouble with the police, or going broke, or getting ill, if you drink at that level, it takes a toll.”
BBC Radio 4 has today announced the results of The Loneliness Experiment, a nationwide survey conducted by BBC Radio 4’s All In The Mind in collaboration with Wellcome Collection. It is the largest survey into the issue of loneliness to date.
People who think dogs are exceptionally intelligent are barking up the wrong tree, new research shows.
Pheasants that more strongly favoured one foot over the other die younger than those that don’t, new research suggests.
What do captive flamingos do at night, when their zoo or wildlife park is closed?
Scientists have discovered that beluga whales and narwhals go through the menopause.
A technique that helps people with dementia see satisfying progress in achieving everyday goals that help them live their lives is now being rolled out.
Tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies turn their eyes black to warn other fish when they are feeling aggressive, new research shows.
An educational psychologist has created stories to help children deal with issues such as anxiety and depression.
Being torn about which personal goals to pursue is associated with symptoms of psychological distress, new research shows.
A public exhibition will feature poems, cartoons and images created by well-known artists working with people with dementia.
The links between caffeine, physical activity and mood will be examined by a new University of Exeter study.
A robust research analysis has identified what factors can be targeted to support people to live as well as possible with dementia.
Warmer springs create a “mismatch” where hungry chicks hatch too late to feast on abundant caterpillars, new research shows.
Exeter experts are working on new treatments for Bipolar Disorders this World Bipolar Day (30 March).
Offenders should be routinely checked for signs of past head injuries, researchers say.
Problem-solving powers may help to explain why grey squirrels have taken over from native red squirrels in the UK, new research says.
A new survey about people’s experiences of loneliness launches today on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind.
People who have bipolar or cyclothymic disorder and live in Devon are being recruited for a scientific study.
Dominant male pheasants learn faster than their downtrodden rivals, new research shows.
The University of Exeter is inviting Armed Forces veterans who were deployed to a combat zone during their career to take part in a research study.
A new international report gives the clearest evidence to date on the impact of diet on brain health in older adults.
People aged over 60 who suffer minor memory problems are needed for a new study at the University of Exeter.
Animals, including humans, can make surprisingly good decisions just based on the food in their stomach, new research suggests.
Animals living in volatile habitats can gain major evolutionary benefits by shielding their families from the changing environment, new research suggests.
Weather extremes caused by climate change could raise the risk of food shortages in many countries, new research suggests.