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Interview with Business FM – Nottingham Twin Registry

On Wednesday 31 July 2019, Dr Steve Stewart-Williams was interviewed by Business FM. In this interview, he talked about the establishment of the Nottingham Twin Registry with his colleague, Dr Steve Janssen, and how the registry differs from an earlier founded twin registry in Malaysia. He talked briefly on the data collection and protection measures …

Interview with Business FM – Screen Time for Children

On Friday 3 May 2019, Dr Marieke de Vries was interviewed by Business FM. In this interview, she discussed the recent World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidelines on screen time for children aged 5 and under, and how these guidelines are part of a larger framework for providing adequate physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for …

Psychology Lecturer Releases New Book

School of Psychology associate professor Steve Stewart-Williams has just published his second book with Cambridge University Press. It’s called The Ape That Understood the Universe, and it’s about two important areas of modern psychological science: evolutionary psychology and cultural evolutionary theory. “The title just popped into my head one morning when I was waking up,” …

Interview with Business FM

On Thursday February 2, Dr Steve J. was interviewed by Business FM. In the interview, he talked about autobiographical memory, which is people’s recollection of events that they have personally experienced. Autobiographical memory includes any personal event; from everyday events, such as what you had for breakfast, to highly significant events, such as when you …

The true percentage of scientific articles that never get cited

Every so often I see a message passing on social media in which someone claims that ‘90% of scientific articles will never be cited’. While I do not agree with the notion that a publication’s value is solely determined by the number of citations it receives, such statements can be damaging to science, because they …

Does Listening to Music Help Improve Our Productivity?

When I first found myself working in an office shared with about 25 other people, I was a little overwhelmed from my colleagues busily typing away on their keyboards and laptops. So, to cope with that, I started plugging in my headphones with the playlists of the day on loop. The music did help with …

What Does Your Musical Preference Reveal About You?

I’ve always been fascinated by a person’s music preference, from the tunes he/she chose to play in the car to their CD collection. To me a person’s music taste acts as a window to the person’s personality. Intrigued by this notion, I decided to Google for some answers. The main research that was cited time …

How Your Job Affects Your Memory?

One of our assistant professors, Dr Jessica Price along with her PhD student, Wei Lin Poh were interviewed by DJ, Lee Chwi Lynn, one of the hosts of ‘The Bigger Picture’ programme on BFM radio on Monday, 14th April 2014. Dr Price specializes in written language comprehension in healthy ageing. She is also interested in …

Life of the Rich & Famous: The Psychology of Celebrity Worship

Channel E!, JustJared.com, US Magazine, TMZ, People Magazine, the list is endless, the obsession with celebrities is everywhere, it has become a part of our lives. “Did you see the dress Sarah Jessica Parker wore to the red carpet last weekend?” “Did you see what JLaw did at the Oscars last night?” The lives of …

From the Jungle to Vienna

It’s a beautiful spring day in Vienna, Austria, and I am enjoying a cup of Wiener Melange (a type of famous coffee here) in a café, and I will be here for the next three months to collect data for my research and working at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Vienna with …