Mock Assessment Centre initiative is a glowing success

Final year students on our Work Psychology module recently took part in  a Mock Assessment Centre Day.  The Centre was designed and run in collaboration with external employers from Mersey Care, ARUP, Enterprise, as well as Edge Hill University’s own H.R and Careers Departments.  Our students completed application forms, took part in psychometric assessment, group […]

Gender-related implicit bias in the Fire and Rescue Service

Professor Geoff Beattie contributed a keynote talk at a recent conference themed around “The Contribution Women make to a safer Staffordshire”, organised by the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. This conference presented a range of work, relevant for understanding the impact which these women make. The event involved talks on strategic decision making and planning to the […]

Putting the “cyber” in psychology

The British Psychological Society (BPS) is the regulating body of our psychology courses at Edge Hill University, and has a key influence on the curriculum being taught, However, because the subject of psychology changes through the times, the curriculum has to be kept current by psychology academics. In an attempt to introduce a new and […]

Body language and football managers

Professor Geoff Beattie recently joined BBC Sport to discuss how Jose Mourinho’s body language reveals more than what he says. Professor Beattie makes reference to a number of “tells”, including frequency of blinks, and head-shaking and how they offer some insight into what the football manager may be thinking. A short video of this commentary is available here

Rethinking Body Language

Professor Geoff Beattie’s new book; “Rethinking Body Language” is due to be published in March 2016. This book, building on the earlier ‘Visible Thought’, challenges all of the old assumptions about body language in the light of the most recent cutting-edge research, and presents a new theoretical perspective on this subject, with enormous implications for […]

Why digital games make us happy

Dr Linda Kaye joined BBC Radio 5 Live on 18th August to discuss why gaming makes us happy. Here, she discussed how viewing gaming through the perspective as enjoyable leisure, has obvious benefits for happiness and life satisfaction. Additionally, she highlighted the findings of her current research in showing how gaming functions positively on players’ sense of […]

The psychology of social media

With recent reports suggesting the increase in Smartphone use for accessing the Internet, relative to other platforms, Professor Beattie joined BBC Breakfast to discuss the psychological implications of this. Here, he discussed the arguments from psychology that we are ‘addicted’ to social media and other applications given the ease of access with 4G.  Research suggests that […]

Psychology Professor warns of new Government health-care proposals

Professor Philip Murphy from the Department of Psychology was interviewed on the BBC Radio 5 Breakfast Show on Wednesday 29th July concerning the government proposal to set up a review covering, amongst other things, the payment of sickness benefit for people with addiction problems. In announcing this review the Prime Minister had raised the possibility […]

EHU Psychology students achieve a record number of “good-class honours” degrees

Recent figures reveal some excellent results for our very soon-to-be graduates. Specifically, 75.4% of our finalists achieved degree classifications of 2:1 or above, which is above the national average of “good class honours” results for UK Higher Education Institutions (The Complete University Guide, 2015). All the staff at Edge Hill Psychology would like to take this […]

Context is important for understanding alcohol-related behaviours

EHU Psychology researchers have made progress in understanding the role of contexts (e.g., environmental cues) for alcohol behaviours. In measuring participants’ inhibitory control (ie. ability to control behaviours) Dr Adam Qureshi, Dr Rebecca Monk and Dr Xiaoyun Li found that these varied as a result of different visual cues (e.g., alcohol versus neutral cues). Additionally, alcohol-related […]