Can recreational drugs be helpful in psychological therapy?

There is much debate about the effects of recreational drugs, such as MDMA (ecstasy),  particularly on cognitive functioning, such as memory processing ability. However, Professor Philip Murphy, along with other highly commended academics within this field have been debating the use of MDMA in psychological therapy. A recent article in the ‘I’ newspaper includes these insights and questions whether the positive, calming effects known to be associated with MDMA are useful in assisting the process of overcoming trauma, grief and extreme negative emotions. The article can be located here

 

Analysing politicians’ body language

Professor Geoff Beattie has recently been interviewed on Russia’s Central Television program with Vadim Takmenev; the top current affairs and news programme in the former Soviet Union.  The program presents real life, political, social and cultural events and has featured Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Daniel Craig, Lara Fabian, Alain Delon, Jean-Claude Van Damme,  Jackie Chan, Benicio Del Toro, Til Schweiger, Vin Diesel, James Cameron, Lars von Trier, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev amongst others.  This particular program focused, in part, on Putin and Obama`s meeting during the recent G20 summit in China. Professor Beattie was featured as an expert on non-verbal communications analysing photos and videos of their meeting at the G20. The programme is made by NTV.

NTV Broadcasting Company is the largest non-governmental TV-network in Russia. It covers an audience of approximately 100 million people in countries of the former Soviet Union. It is also the main Russian language channel broadcast worldwide via satellite. NTV journalists have interviewed George Bush, Condoleezza Rice, John Ashcroft, James Baker, Mikhail Gorbachev, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Ariel Sharon, Mikhail Saakashvili, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Nicole Kidman and many others. NTV covers all the main political, social and cultural events each day and brings the top news stories from around the world which are produced by dedicated staff in Moscow working with colleagues at NTV’s world bureaux worldwide including New York, London, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Kyiv etc.

Human communication and digital technology

With the introduction of voice biometric technology, Professor Geoff Beattie has recently taken part in a number of interviews on the nature of multi-modal human communication. Specifically, how we use digital communication for everyday communication, but not for some of the more important things in life that conversations are particularly suited to. This insight was particularly well received by many broadcasters including; BBC Lancashire, Radio Yorkshire, BBC York, BFBS, RNIB, Radio Cardiff, Sunrise Radio, Swansea Bay Radio, Radio Carmarthenshire, Radio Pembrokshire, Siren FM, BFRM (Wales), SFM, Big City Radio, Bolton FM, Black Diamond FM and Bridge FM. One of the radio interviews can be found here (start at approximately 2:10mins).

 

 

Professor appears on ITV’s “Tonight” show

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Professor Geoff Beattie recently appeared on the ITV ‘Tonight’ programme on the subject of ‘Summer Diets – Fact or Fiction?’ with Catherine Tyldesley from Coronation Street.  He talked about the psychology of successful dieting and what features of everyday cognition and behaviour distinguish those who can stick to a diet and those who give up more readily.  One important feature seems to be the pattern of attribution for lapses.  Some people catastrophise failure and see themselves as weak, and suffer from a negative mood state as a result.  They tend to give up.  Others put lapses down to more transient causes, they don’t internalise any ‘failure’ and simply make small adjustments to food intake and exercise the following day.  They tend to be more successful at following a diet.

 

Psychology Lecturer at Edge Hill University Awarded Prestigious Early Career Award by the American Psychological Association (APA)

Dr. Motonori YamaguchiMotonori Yamaguchi - thumb, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Edge Hill University, has just been selected as the 2016 recipient of the very prestigious Earl Alluisi Award for Early Career Achievement by the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 21. The APA is the largest professional association for psychologists in the world and is the main accrediting body of psychology programmes in the United States. Recipients of the Earl Alluisi Award are invited to make a special presentation of their work at the annual APA conference. Division 21 publishes the leading applied psychology journal, The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

The Earl Alluisi Award is given to researchers within 10 years of the award of their PhD who have most significantly contributed to applied experimental and engineering psychology through research and publication. Dr. Yamaguchi obtained his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Purdue University in 2010 and worked at Vanderbilt University as a research fellow before joining the Department of Psychology at Edge Hill University in 2013. He has published many research articles on experimental psychology in the leading psychology journals, and was given the award for his major contributions to the study of human interface design, skill acquisition, and human performance modelling.

EHU Psychology Students get blogging!

EHU Psychology, in collaboration with our regional partners, has been contributing to a blog, dedicated to sharing innovative ideas and opinions with regards to contemporary issues in psychology. PsychLiverpool is strongly supported by a network of student bloggers, researchers and teaching staff, to enable discussion and promote curiosity in the discipline, particularly for new or existing psychology students. EHU Psychology is delighted that Amy Purcell, a second year BSc (Hons) Psychology student, is currently representing us as Student Editor.  Additionally, the development of this partnership has been made possible by the hard work of our colleague Rebecca Coleman who is also taking a role as Editor of the blog.

Our first EHU Psychology entry to the blog is by Amy, who discusses her experience of online learning, which can be found here. If any of our current students would like to be involved in PsychLiverpool, please contact Rebecca Coleman for further details.