Sleep helps memory, right? Not for eyewitnesses4 December 2019New research investigating the effect of sleep on eyewitness memory has found that having a period of sleep, compared to a period of wake, does not improve eyewitness identification accuracy.
New Chair and Fellowships in Academic Research Quality and Improvement created18 November 2019The University of Bristol is delighted to announce the creation of a new Chair of Academic Research Quality and Improvement and six associated Fellowships. The new team, who will be based at the Faculty of Life Sciences, will lead work to improve the rigour of scientific research in the UK and beyond, developing and disseminating strategies to improve research quality and training throughout the sector.
Study looked for links between teenage anxiety and later harmful drinking9 November 2019Researchers at the University of Bristol, including those from the School of Psychological Science, have found evidence of an association between generalised anxiety disorder at age 18 and harmful drinking three years later, thanks to the long-term health study Children of the 90s.
Marcus Munafò shortlisted for an award18 October 2019Professor Marcus Munafò has been shortlisted for this year's Wonkhe Awards in the "Research" category for his recent blog post. The Wonkhe awards will be presented at the Wonkfest which celebrates the best of the Higher Education community's contributions to policy.
Stephan Lewandowsky helps develop a report to understand our political nature 17 October 2019Professor Stephan Lewandowsky and fifty-nine other experts from across the globe who work in the fields of behavioural and social sciences as well as the humanities, have contributed to the research that underpins the European Union's Joint Research Centre (JRC) report that calls upon evidence-informed policy making not to be taken for granted. The report itself brings new insights into our political behaviour and this understanding has the potential to address some of the current crises in our democracies.
Researchers identify how to find best and worse colours for camouflage30 May 2019Avoiding detection can provide significant survival advantages for prey, predators, or the military. For the first time, scientists from Bristol’s Camo Lab have identified a new method to find the optimal colour to minimize or maximize detectability of a target. The study is published in a Royal Society Interface study.
University of Bristol and Yale ‘happiness Professors’ reunite for public happiness talk3 May 2019Having been the first in the UK to pioneer the exceptionally popular ‘Science of Happiness’ course, the University of Bristol’s Professor Bruce Hood is set to be joined by Professor Laurie Santos of Yale University, to give a free public lecture called Science of Happiness and The Good Life [6pm, 10 May at Priory Road Lecture Theatre, Bristol].
Political fake news: they might be a liar but they're my liar16 April 2019An international collaboration has investigated how people perceive politicians when they spread misinformation. The research found supporters of the politicians reduced their belief in misinformation once corrected, yet their feelings towards the political figure remained unchanged if misinformation was presented alongside an equal number of facts.
Child and adolescent anxiety could be linked to later alcohol problems20 March 2019New research led by the University of Bristol has found some evidence that children and adolescents with higher levels of anxiety may be at greater risk of developing alcohol problems. However, the link between anxiety and later binge drinking and later frequency and quantity of drinking was more inconclusive.
My Science Inquiry: Dr Emma Williams pitches ideas on product security to MPs6 March 2019Dr Emma Williams, School of Psychological Science, was chosen to pitch her idea for a parliamentary inquiry to the Science and Technology Committee in Westminster last month (February). Her idea, Ensuring Secure Digital Innovation, was chosen from over 80 entries nationally to the My Science Inquiry initiative, with a view to ideas informing current and new policy.