News in 2020

  • Top tips for combating lockdown weight gain 1 July 2020 A study published this week, from the British Nutrition Foundation, examined how the pandemic has impacted on our activity levels and eating habits. The researchers found that the resulting stress, anxiety, tiredness and boredom of lockdown are the main causes of unhealthy eating and sedentary behaviour.
  • £48M MyWorld award will address key psychological questions about audience 26 June 2020 The University of Bristol had been awarded £46 million for a new project called MyWorld. The award will develop major new Research and Development (R&D) facilities and partnerships connecting regional creative industries and national partners with major global players including Netflix, Google, and Microsoft. A major strand in the program of work will be understanding audience experience and engagement.
  • Lucy Yardley comments nationally on lockdown restrictions lifting 22 June 2020 Professor Lucy Yardley was interviewed on BBC Newsnight on the 22nd June 2020 in light of the UK starting to lift Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Lucy's comments were then shared nationally in the Metro, Daily Mail and BBC News online.
  • Study finds evidence that loneliness makes it harder to quit smoking 16 June 2020 In a study published in the journal Addiction, University of Bristol researchers have found evidence for a causal link between prolonged experience of loneliness and smoking.
  • From clickbait to transparency: Reimagining the online world 15 June 2020 Public opinion is largely shaped by online content people read and spread via social media. Major web platforms such as Google and Facebook serve as hubs, distributors, and curators; their algorithms help us navigate the online world but underlying the vast digital landscape is a sea of misinformation. In a new study, published in Nature Human Behaviour, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the University of Bristol, and Harvard Law School propose interventions to help users distinguish misinformation from fact and promote a more democratic internet with autonomy and transparency.
  • Black Lives Matter - School Statement 5 June 2020 Recent events have once again highlighted the terrible consequences of structural racism. Although much of the focus of attention following the tragic death of George Floyd has been on the United States and its response to the current situation, we are painfully reminded that structural racism exists in all societies and that we must guard against it. As a School, we stand in solidarity with victims of racism, sexism, and social and health injustice everywhere. We support the peaceful protests across the world in relation to the Black Lives Matter Movement.
  • Glass frogs are well known for their see-through skin but, until now, the reason for this curious feature has received no experimental attention. 25 May 2020 Glass frogs are well known for their see-through skin but, until now, the reason for this curious feature has received no experimental attention.
  • Roll-out of coronavirus behaviour change website will help public transition to ‘new normal’ 11 May 2020 An evidence-based, behaviour change website, already proven successful in reducing infection transmissions for seasonal and swine flu, has been rapidly redeveloped and adapted in response to coronavirus. The researchers behind ‘Germ Defence’ from the universities of Bristol, Bath and Southampton hope that the quick redevelopment of the site for COVID-19 will help the public to shift behaviours.
  • People more likely to choose a non-alcoholic drink when availability is greater 6 May 2020 People are more likely to choose non-alcoholic drinks if more of those drinks are available than alcoholic alternatives, a University of Bristol-led online experiment published today [6 May] in BMC Public Health has shown. These results could pave the way for increasing the availability of non-alcoholic options in pub and bars.
  • Germs, homes and apps: can we do more to protect people at home when a family member has coronavirus? 6 May 2020 A paper published in the BMJ today argues that since most people with Covid-19 are cared for at home it may be important to try to protect the people caring for them by limiting how much virus they come in contact with the ‘viral load'.
  • Alcohol use during pregnancy linked to offspring depression 21 April 2020 Children of mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may be at an increased risk of developing depression in late adolescence, according to new University of Bristol research. The study, which used data from 14,541 pregnant mothers in the 1990s, is published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
  • Seven ways to resist temptation during Easter and lockdown 9 April 2020 Easter is the ideal excuse to indulge your sweet tooth – combined with staying at home it could also be the perfect recipe to overindulge.
  • Five ways to create household harmony during lockdown 27 March 2020 As the nation grapples with public lockdown, the reality of all living under the same roof has taken on a whole new meaning. Cohabiting families, couples, and housemates across the country will be seeing rather more of each other for the foreseeable future, putting those relationships under unprecedented pressure.
  • New ‘Conspiracy Theory Handbook’ aims to minimise harmful conspiracy theories 23 March 2020 Given the unhelpful surge of conspiracy theories circulating regarding Covid-19, a new ‘Conspiracy Theory Handbook’ is published this week. The book summarises the scientific research into conspiracy theories: why people believe them, the traits of conspiratorial thinking, and how to counter them.
  • Keeping bad habits at bay during the coronavirus outbreak 19 March 2020 If your wine rack looks empty, the biscuit barrel bare, you’re binge-watching way too much TV, and you’re dying for a cigarette, chances are you’re not alone.
  • Undergraduates shine at national research event 11 March 2020 Today [11 March 2020], three undergraduate students from the University of Bristol will take part in a national event celebrating the best undergraduate research in the country.
  • Brilliant iridescence can conceal as well as attract 24 January 2020 A new study shows for the first time that the striking iridescent colours seen in some animals increase their chances of survival against predators by acting as a means of camouflage. Rather than reveal it seems these dynamically changing shades are used to conceal, according to the University of Bristol study published today [23 January] in Current Biology.
  • 'Disinformation on Australian bushfires should not be spread by ministers' 14 January 2020 A group of scientists, including Professor Colin Davis and Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, respond after UK government minister stated that it had been ‘widely reported on social media that 75% of the fires were started by arsonists’
  • Marcus Munafò speaks to The Scientist about the plans, activities and structure for UKRN 7 January 2020 'The Scientist' spoke with Professor Marcus Munafò, the chair of the UK Reproducibility Network's (UKRN) steering group of researchers, about UKRN's structure activities and future plans.
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