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Youth mental health: is the government doing enough?

Young people struggle to find help with mental health problems – there is a lack of understanding and funding, they say<p>In our “Virgin voters” series, we listen to what young people and first-time voters have to say about the election issues that matter most to them. This week’s budget included an …

Mental Health

Working at a treadmill desk boosts your memory and concentration, researchers claim

Image from Labonté-LeMoyne et al.We're told sitting is the new smoking and that we should consider working at standing desks, or perhaps better …

The Brain

10 truths a PhD supervisor will never tell you

My father used to tell a joke, over and over again. It was a classic outback Australian, Slim Dusty joke that – like the best dad jokes – I can’t …

Australian Universities

Hospital staff absences for mental health reasons double

<b>Staff absences for mental health problems have doubled at hospital trusts across England in the past four years.</b><p>Figures obtained by the BBC revealed 41,112 staff were off sick with anxiety, stress and depression in 2014 - up from 20,207 in 2010.<p>NHS England said it needed to do more to support staff.<p>…

Mental Health

International students forced to queue in their thousands to collect visas

Julia Goodfellow, incoming president of Universities UK, warns that administrative hurdles make students feel unwelcome<p>International students are being forced to queue up in their thousands to collect visas from post offices, according to Julia Goodfellow, vice-chancellor of Kent …

College & University

Psychologists welcome overhaul of children and young people's mental health services

The British Psychological Society welcomes the announcement of a five-year plan for a complete overhaul of mental health services for children and …

Team effectiveness is disproportionately influenced by your group's best performer or "extra-miler"

The quality of a team's best performer<br>(the "extra miler") is diagnostic of<br>the group's overall effectiveness.In The Hobbit, fifteen companions come …

University of Iowa

Antidepressant withdrawal syndromes: time to grasp the nettle?

As a young elf, I studied ‘medicinal chemistry’; in these courses I learnt about the physiological responses and withdrawal effects produced by many …

Depression

Helping people with mental health problems find work

Report on the pilot of a scheme to help people with mental health problems, who are claiming Employment Support Allowance, find paid work.<p>Published …

Mental Health

Qualitative and quantitative research are fundamentally distinct and differences are paramount to the social sciences

<b>Matt Vidal</b> <i>calls for clear distinctions to be made between qualitative and quantitative research. Using as an example the impartial data generated by</i> …

Are humans getting cleverer?

<b>IQ is rising in many parts of the world. What's behind the change and does it really mean people are cleverer than their grandparents?</b><p>It is not unusual for parents to comment that their children are brainier than they are. In doing so, they hide a boastful remark about their offspring behind a …

The Brain

Are murderers born or made?

<b>Murders are tragic but rare. But what drives some people to kill? Michael Mosley has been looking into research exploring the minds of murderers.</b><p>In the 1870s Dr Cesare Lombroso, sometimes called the father of scientific criminology, was studying criminals imprisoned in Turin.<p>He became convinced …

Sociology

Links From Wikipedia to Russell Group University Repositories

A session at the recent Wikimania conference provided an opportunity for discussion on the topics: “The fount of all knowledge – wikipedia as the …

University heads' salaries averaged more than £250,000 last academic year

University and College Union research uncovers pay rises of more than 10% for some vice-chancellors, resulting in salaries that ‘would amaze staff and students’<p>University heads took home salary packages worth more than £250,000 each during the last academic year, with some vice-chancellors enjoying …

Higher Education

"I did it for the team" – How outsiders cheat in pursuit of popularity

If you would do anything to stay popular with your team-mates, what might follow? Bending the rules? Cheating? Sabotage of rivals? An international …

Psychology

People are hopeless at drawing the Apple logo, and that tells us something about human memory

Apple's iconic apple, featuring a bitten-off chunk, is one of the most recognisable logos in the world. And with the company's ubiquitous products …

Psychology

The number of old people in the UK killing themselves has fallen. Why?

<b>Once elderly people in the UK were the most likely group to take their own lives, but now they are at lower risk than the middle-aged. Why?</b><p>When a person takes their own life, the effects on families and friends are catastrophic.<p>The latest figures from the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) …

Mental Health

What use are flashbulb memories?

MJ Memorial at London's 02 Arena It could be the time you heard about the 9/11 terror attacks, or the moment you discovered that Michael Jackson had …

Psychology

The most important article you’ll ever read

If you ever read the comments on any article, you’ll invariably find someone bemoaning how it shouldn’t exist as there are ‘more important’ matters and issues. But how do you determine how important a piece is in comparison to others? And what’s the bare minimum importance required to justify its …

Critical Thinking

Feminist academics take note: women are not all white and straight

For a university feminist initiative to be progressive, it needs to take account of the variety of ways in which women experience oppression<p>University feminism initiatives, like Oxford’s women in the humanities, at first glance seem valuable in their intentions and goals. However, the vast majority …

Feminism

Paperity partners with Altmetric in measuring social impact of papers

With the advent of Internet era and online academic publishing, not only the way how scholars communicate, but also how their impact is measured, …

There's no evidence e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking

A recent article claimed there’s no evidence that vaping is less harmful than smoking. Tobacco expert Linda Bauld argues otherwise<p>In his recent ‘Comment is free’ piece Nash Riggins claims that vaping is just as dangerous as smoking, and expresses robust support for NHS Boards in Scotland who intend …

Public Health

What is the price of tuition fees? A generation’s potential and creativity

Today’s students will struggle to flourish as tomorrow’s citizens if they are saddled by debt – and Labour is yet to make this point<p>“Labour plans pension raid to fund lower student fees” is how the Times reported Ed Balls’s latest proposals. This makes the policy sound risky, unjust and populist, a …

UK Politics

The “Backfire Effect”: Correcting false beliefs about vaccines can be surprisingly counterproductive

Nearly half of the US population wrongly believes the flu vaccine can give you flu,<br>but correcting this error has the opposite of the desired effect<i>By</i> …

Public Health

Jokey team meetings are more productive, as long as people laugh along

Science suggests a funnier workplace should be a more effective one, encouraging positive mood and a playful, open approach. But much of the evidence …

Psychology

Adapting and Validating a Scale to Measure Sexual Stigma among Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women

1. Baral S, Sifakis F, Cleghorn F, Beyrer C (2007) Elevated risk for HIV infection among men who have sex with men in low- and middle-income …

I start the day with anti-depressants and end wishing I didn’t work in NHS payroll

It’s not just clinical staff feeling the strain in the health service – the back office is under huge pressure too<p>• Are NHS office staff at risk of burnout? Open thread<p>Some people think all we do in NHS payroll is press a button and cash appears in people’s bank accounts on payday.<p>We now use a …

Antidepressants

Bond plan will shake university funding world

We believe that the new funding model we have pioneered has the potential to revolutionise financing options for others<p>When I walk around our campus, …

A Mindful Minute: How to Observe a Train of Anxious Thoughts (Illustrated)

Kids have anxious thoughts all the time…<p><i>“I’m going to fail math and never get into college.”</i><p><i>“I’m totally screwing up this speech right now, and</i> …

Mindfulness