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How political leaders get their voices heard

  In line with the recent Political Leaders’ debate, Professor Geoff Beattie took part in an interview on the BBC News channel on the afternoon of the 2nd April discussing in more detail how the patterns of interaction might evolve in the Leaders’ Debate that evening, and how the gender composition of the panel could influence the […]

The secrets behind the Leaders Debate: What can body language reveal?

Professor Geoff Beattie appeared on BBC Breakfast on the 2nd April discussing what to look out for in terms of body language in the topical Leaders Debate, due to be aired tonight. The format of the Leaders Debate involving seven political leaders, brings a number of different dimensions to televised political discourse in this country. It was […]

EHU Psychologist considers why young people have a “fear of missing out”

Professor Geoff Beattie appeared on BBC Radio Lancashire on the 1st April discussing ‘FOMO’ or ‘fear of missing out’. He talked about how this apprehension about other people having a better time than oneself was partly fuelled by social media and how young people were often becoming genuinely anxious as a result of this. Additionally, Prof. […]

EHU Psychology represented at an International education conference

Research conducted within the Department of Psychology at Edge Hill University has been accepted at the prestigious EARLI  conference. Tom Mitchell and PhD student, Claire Kinsella will be presenting insights from their respective research projects considering psychological insights in the context of education, learning and teaching. Specifically, Tom will be presented his research on “Sex as a source […]

Is optimism the problem in dealing with climate change?

Professor Geoff Beattie has just received funding from the British Academy/ Leverhulme scheme to investigate possible biases in how people process climate change messages. According to the latest IPCC report, human factors are a significant factor in the rise of global CO2 emissions, and therefore a major driver of climate change. So why do people […]

The creative side of psychology in education

The work of PhD student, Claire Kinsella is soon to appear in a book on “Creative Education, Teaching and Learning“, published by Palgrave Macmillan. Claire’s PhD research is exploring the impact of arts-based education on enhancing educational engagement in disaffected learners, such as those in Pupil Referral Units in the North West of England. Her research […]

EHU Psychology researchers assess the role of context in alcohol consumption

Dr Rebecca Monk and Dr Adam Qureshi have recently received funding from Alcohol Research UK to examine the role of different social contexts on people’s alcohol-related thoughts and behaviours. Using innovative methodologies which can examine processes such as impulse control, thought to be instrumental in alcohol consumption, this research aims to build on previous investigations […]

Psychologist in The City!

As part of a public engagement initiative, Professor Geoff Beattie will be speaking at a networking event organised by the North West branch of the British Psychological Society. The event entitled: “Psychs in the City” will include Prof Beattie’s keynote on “The Divided Self: How a better understanding of the human mind could transform society”. Further details […]

The eyes have it….

It is increasingly recognised that ‘culture’ shapes our thoughts and behaviours. For example, cultural differences have been reported in eye movement behaviour during complex scene processing; whilst Americans fixate more upon focal objects East-Asians make more eye movements to the background, attentional biases which are fostered by individualistic vs collectivistic modes of thinking. Recently however, […]

Virtual worlds can have positive impacts on well-being for individuals with physical disabilities

Research conducted within the Department of Psychology has revealed the positive psycho-social outcomes of the virtual world, Second Life, for individuals with physical disabilities. The research, conducted by Dr Linda Kaye and a former EHU Psychology student Camilla Kleban, revealed that the virtual world aided processes such as users’ self-discovery and perceptions of equality, which were […]