Child sleeping

Improving sleep in children with ADHD has some lessons for all parents

No shortcut: the importance of good habits and routine for ensuring kids sleep well


Working memory

How you keep things ‘in mind’ over the short term

Working memory is central to our functioning but it ebbs and flows over our lifespan


Understanding the terrorist mindset

What science can reveal about the psychological profiles of terrorists

The complex factors that will help us understand radicalisation and violence


The science behind fidgetting

The surprising science of fidgeting

Children do it, but so do adults. Researchers have some theories on why we fidget

Published in: Health

The surprising science of fidgeting

By Harriet Dempsey-Jones, Postdoctoral Researcher in Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford
Originally published by The Conversation on May 24 2017.

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Love that turns to hate can be a protective response

When love turns to hatefully ever after

The puzzling ability of people to switch from intense love to deep hatred has prompted fascinating research


Sadness has a positive purpose in that it helps us to adapt

Why bad moods are good for you: the surprising benefits of sadness

The range of human emotions includes many more negative than positive feelings for good reason


Positive psychology  has a focus on personal strengths

What is positive psychology?

You don't need to wait: Better wellbeing can be as simple as exploiting your strengths and available resources

Published in: Health

What is positive psychology?

By Peggy Kern, Senior Lecturer in Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne
Originally published by The Conversation on May 22 2017.

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The success of fidget spinners  reflects the human desire to ensure just the right amount of stimulation in the environment

Fidget toys aren’t just hype

Psychological research shows how people adjust their environment to ensure they haveĀ just the right level of stimulation.


Fidget toys aren’t just hype

By Katherine Isbister, Professor of Computational Media, University of California, Santa Cruz
Originally published by The Conversation on May 18 2017.

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Viral myths play an important role in turbulent times

Why urban legends are more powerful than ever

Viral hoaxes are a way for us to make sense of the turbulent world and manage threat in a safe environment

Published in: Society

Why urban legends are more powerful than ever

By Neil Dagnall, Reader in Applied Cognitive Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University, Ken Drinkwater, Lecturer and Researcher in Cognitive and Parapsychology, Manchester Metropolitan University
Originally published by The Conversation on May 15 2017.

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Online warning increasingly alert users to potentially disturbing content

A short history of trigger warnings

Do people need psychological protection from material that might evoke strong emotions?

Published in: Society

A short history of trigger warnings

By Nick Haslam, Professor of Psychology, University of Melbourne
Originally published by The Conversation on May 9 2017.

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