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 […]

Tennis, anyone? : “The self” and its role in sports performance

Professor Beattie appeared on BBC Radio Lancashire discussing the importance of the ‘inner game’ to tennis success during the first week of Wimbledon.  He discussed the insights from Tim Gallwey’s classic book on this subject, focussing on the relationship between the conscious self and the more automatic self as being at the centre of so […]

Psychology academics present research on the psychology of sustainability at International conference

Professor Geoff Beattie and PhD student Laura McGuire both presented papers at the 21st Annual Conference of the International Interdisciplinary Environmental Association held in San Juan, Puerto Rico in June.  Professor Beattie’s paper with Dr Melissa Marselle and Dr Damien Litchfield focussed on cognitive biases in how we process climate change messages.  Using eye tracking, […]