School of Psychology, Bangor University

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Edinburgh Fringe solo performance debut for Bangor Graduate

A Bangor University alumnus will perform for the first time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

Publication Date: 30/07/2014

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Occupational Therapist graduates after studying from a distance

A hectic working life, the loss of a parent and the fear of returning to education after a 30 year gap didn’t stop a tenacious mother of three from graduating from Bangor University this week.

Publication Date: 15/07/2014

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Professor Rhiannon Tudor Edwards presents at international forum

Professor Rhiannon Tudor Edwards, Co-Director of the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation, Schools of Health Sciences and Medical  Sciences is in Washington DC  this week presenting at the Commonwealth Fund Harkness Alumni Health Policy Forum.

Publication Date: 03/07/2014

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Rhyl Scoops has it licked for traditional Ice Cream Parlour experience!

Are you enjoying the warm weather? If you’re in the vicinity of Rhyl, then drop in for a refreshing ice-cream from ‘Rhyl Scoops’; an ice cream parlour, which will be open for just one week between 23 - 30 June.

Publication Date: 24/06/2014

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Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness shortlisted for UK Health Award

Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) has been shortlisted for a prestigious UK health Award which highlights the people and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of health and wellbeing in the UK.

The Winners of this year’s Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing 2014 awarded by the Bevan Foundation and Aneurin Bevan Society, with the generous support of UNISON, the Open University and the Royal College of Midwives, will be announced at an event in London on Tuesday 15 July.

Publication Date: 17/06/2014

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Three Soapbox Stars from Bangor

Three of Bangor University’s female scientists are taking part in L’Oreal’s Soapbox Science events this year.

Publication Date: 16/06/2014

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Bangor University Lecturers Receive Top UK Teaching Award

Professor James Intriligator and Peggy Murphy of Bangor University have been made National Teaching Fellows. This is the most prestigious award that can be made to recognise excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

Publication Date: 12/06/2014

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Double first for Dr Carl Hughes as he is awarded highest possible accolade by SABA

Dr Carl Hughes of the University’s School of Psychology, who is Director of the Applied Behaviour Analysis postgraduate Courses at Bangor University’s School of Psychology and deputy director of the newly established Wales Centre for Behaviour Change, is to receive the Award for Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis by the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) this week.

Publication Date: 21/05/2014

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Scientists from Bangor University win prestigious prize.

A research project, financed by the European Union under the FrameWork7 programme, which involved scientists from Bangor University, has won a prestigious prize.

The ProMine consortium, which included scientists from the School of Biological Sciences (Professor Barrie Johnson, and Drs. Barry Grail, Sabrina Hedrich and Catherine Kay) was funded to generate new products from mineral resources and waste materials found within Europe. As part of this, the Bangor team developed new approaches for recovering metals and synthesizing minerals from waste waters, using novel species of microorganisms.

Publication Date: 15/05/2014

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Bangor Psychology Students have the opposition licked! - Test Town 2014

A team of students are celebrating this week after being selected to take part in Test Town 2014

Publication Date: 07/05/2014

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Launch of All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to study the benefits of bringing mindfulness into public policy

Ruby Wax will join experts and parliamentarians to launch an all party parliamentary group on mindfulness in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday May 7t

Publication Date: 06/05/2014

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Bubble Challenge for Enterprise by Design

Enterprise by Design 2014 culminated recently with student teams pitching their ideas to a panel of judges and an invited audience. Dr Zigs Extraordinary Bubbles, a toy manufacturer based in north Wales set the challenge: design new packaging for their extraordinary toys.

Publication Date: 02/05/2014

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Bangor Psychology Student wins National NUS Award

Hannah Rettie, 21, from Abergele, a third year student in the School of Psychology, won the ‘Wise Wales Course Representative of the Year’ Award. 

Publication Date: 29/03/2014

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Inequality: The Enemy Between Us

Last week, Professor Kate Pickett of York University visited Bangor to deliver this year’s Anne Marie Jones Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Children’s Early Intervention Trust and the Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention in the School of Psychology.

Publication Date: 29/03/2014

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Professor among 28 leading social scientists conferred as Academicians

Bob Woods, Professor of Clinical Psychology of Older People at Bangor University is one of 28 leading social scientists to be made an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Publication Date: 25/03/2014

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The #nomakeupselfie phenomenon

A psychologist at Bangor University has been fascinated by the the #nomakeupselfie social media phenomenon seen on social media this week.

Publication Date: 22/03/2014

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Bangor University Food Dudes research to deliver school-meals uptake

A pioneering behaviour change programme developed at Bangor University is to become part of a major UK Department for Education initiative to improve school meal uptake in junior schools and improve healthy outcomes for children.

Publication Date: 12/03/2014

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Bangor Psychology to play major role in £1.1M MRC research relating to addiction and mania

The School of Psychology at Bangor University is to conduct research into new pharmacological treatment for psychiatric illnesses. Researchers at Bangor and Oxford Universities, and the University of British Columbia, have been funded by the Medical Research Council to evaluate the potential of a new drug to reduce the impulsive behaviours associated with alcohol and drug addictions, as well as mania.

Publication Date: 07/03/2014

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Minister hears about Health education and research

Health and Social Services Minister, Mark Drakeford visited Bangor University recently to hear first-hand about the latest developments regarding the University’s health-based research, nurse education and links with the NHS.

Publication Date: 04/03/2014

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Bangor Students Pitching for Victory

For the third year running Bangor Consumer Psychology masters students have reached the finals of the Brolio/The Pitch 2014 , which take place on Tuesday 18th February. Brolio/The Pitch is organised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing and part funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and gives students the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their ideas in a prestigious marketing competition.

Publication Date: 14/02/2014

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Wales DTC Student Representative for Bangor University

Hannah Chandler has been appointed as a Student Representative with the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre

Hannah is a PhD student working with Prof Paul Downing and Prof Kim Graham (Cardiff University) and she joins representatives from Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Swansea University, who play a vital role in conveying comments and ideas from fellow ESRC funded students across academic schools and pathways.

Publication Date: 08/02/2014

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Bangor Psychology Students have Big Ideas

Two aspiring entrepreneurs from Bangor University were among only 50 16-24 year olds from across Wales selected to take part in the ‘Big Ideas Wales Challenge’ recently.

Publication Date: 06/02/2014

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Fourth Bangor Science Festival is on the horizon

Planning for the fourth annual Bangor Science Festival is well under way and the 2014 Festival is certainly shaping up.  The Science Festival will be held during National Science and Engineering Week from Friday 14th March and Sunday23rd March 2014.

Publication Date: 29/01/2014

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New study leads to calls to review past studies of brain differences between people with ASD and the general population

To better understand the underlying causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), psychologists have been using brain scanning to compare brain structures in people with ASD and the general population....

The latest research, led by Dr Kami Koldewyn, has now revealed how head movement during the scanning process can affect the results.

Publication Date: 29/01/2014

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Session to share local research on learning disabilities and autism

New research in the field of learning disabilities and autism, which has been conducted locally, is to be the focus for an afternoon of presentations at Bangor University.

Publication Date: 28/01/2014

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Looking at how our brain assesses bargains

It turns out that we may not be as good at bargain hunting and taking advantage of supermarket ‘offers’ as we think. That’s according to early results from a study which brain-scanned people undertaking a ‘virtual’ supermarket shopping trip to buy party-food.

Publication Date: 22/12/2013

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George Osborne Meets the Food Dudes

Primary School pupils following a healthy eating project run by a Bangor University ‘spin-out’ social enterprise, met with UK Chancellor George Osbourne MP recently.

The children at St Vincent’s RC Primary school in Knutsford, Cheshire are following a new pilot programme of the Food Dudes project which is designed to improve healthy eating amongst children.

Publication Date: 21/12/2013

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G8 summit announces £4 million research project about improving life with dementia

Researchers at Bangor University have been awarded £4 million to lead the ‘Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active life: Living well with dementia’ (IDEAL) project. The study will be carried out in collaboration with Cardiff University, Brunel University, the London School of Economics, King’s College London, Sussex University, the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), the Alzheimer’s Society and Innovations in Dementia CIC.

Publication Date: 12/12/2013

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Study connects the dots between the genes

"Study connects the dots between genes, brain, and human behaviour
An international collaboration maps genetic markers of brain development in people with Williams syndrome
Establishing links between genes, the brain, and human behavior is a central issue in cognitive neuroscience research, but studying how genes influence cognitive abilities and behavior as the brain develops from childhood to adulthood has proven difficult.

Publication Date: 10/12/2013

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Mindfulness-based contribution to improving health and well-being in Wales receive attention of Senedd members

Assembly Members and health and care professionals were invited to a reception at the Senedd in Cardiff today (3.12.13) to hear how innovative approaches to health and well-being  are being rolled out in Wales and elsewhere as a result of work by Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice.

Publication Date: 04/12/2013

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Ground-Breaking project to brain-scan shoppers

Psychologists at Bangor University are to brain-scan supermarket-shoppers to test their reactions to promotions and special offers in a major cutting-edge project  with one of Europe’s leading shopping behaviour specialists.

Publication Date: 23/11/2013

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Welsh play a part in dementia research

Dementia numbers in the UK have been in decline over the past 20 years according to results from a large research study which reported earlier this year. Figures in the report from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study suggested that the figures for England, if applied to the whole UK, imply  that there are 214,000 fewer cases of dementia than predicted. That would also mean that there are currently around 670,000 people living in the UK with dementia, rather than the estimated number of 800,000 - 900,000.

To help understand the situation in Wales, Bangor University is leading the Welsh version of this research. The researchers intend to announce specific statistics for dementia rates for Wales next summer. 

Publication Date: 06/11/2013

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First Ever Psychology Conference to be held in Welsh

The first ever Psychology Conference to be held solely in Welsh takes place at Bangor University on Monday 4 November 2013.

Bangor University’s School of Psychology is presenting the event. The School, which is internationally renowned, has also been developing its Welsh medium psychology provision recently. The Conference is free, but delegated need to book in advance. There is also simultaneous translation for non-Welsh speakers.

Publication Date: 24/10/2013

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Testing an effective Anti-bullying programme for Wales

A research centre at Bangor University, which has been instrumental in researching and introducing new and innovative services for children and their families that have been adopted across Wales, is now turning its attention to the problem of school bullying.

Publication Date: 23/10/2013

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Bangor University Psychologist to receive Hollywood Award

A Bangor University psychologist has been invited to Hollywood to collect a television and film industry Award.

Publication Date: 21/10/2013

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Boost for Bangor University as new term gets underway

Welsh language provision at Bangor University has received a significant boost due to funding by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

The university has appointed four lecturers through the Coleg’s Academic Staffing Scheme to work in Psychology, Law, Computer Science, Nursing and Health Care and Accountancy.

Publication Date: 03/10/2013

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Innovative use of therapies help people in the community

When we talk of innovation, we often think of how it applies to technology, but innovation as a phrase has a far wider meaning. People can be innovative in the way they apply their knowledge for wider benefits.

The Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice at Bangor University is a case in point. They have extended the use of mindfulness-based therapies, originally developed for people with depression, for a broad range of people and situations.

Publication Date: 25/09/2013

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International Recognition of Bangor's Psychology Department

As Bangor Psychology celebrates its 50th Anniversary the stature of the department on the global stage was again underlined by its ranking in the QS World University Ranking Psychology subject table. Bangor Psychology, which has one of the largest student bodies in the UK, has been ranked in the top 100 Psychology departments in the world for the second year running. 

Publication Date: 17/09/2013

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Young Food Dudes Lead the Way for Healthy Nurseries

An exciting new programme to establish good eating habits in very young children received the top Health Research Award from LARIA (Local Authorities Research Intelligence Association), at an awards ceremony in Manchester University.

Publication Date: 17/09/2013

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The neuroscience of erogenous zones

Our erogenous zones are a little odd. There are certain areas of our bodies, which if touched gently, create erotic feelings, while other adjacent body parts do not. For example a woman may enjoy having her neck or ear lobe stroked, but not her cheek or forehead. Why is that?

Publication Date: 10/09/2013

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Visceral Mind Summer School

The Visceral Mind Summer School, running in the School of Psychology at Bangor University from 2nd to 6th September 2013, attracted over 190 highly qualified applicants for the 40 available places. The summer school, now in its 4th year, has proven popular with ambitious young researchers keen to share in Bangor Psychology’s world leading expertise in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

Publication Date: 03/09/2013

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Cancer Exhibition at the National Eisteddfod Science & Technology Exhibition

As one of the main sponsors of the Eisteddfod Science & Technology Pavilion, Bangor University is taking a lead in getting children and adults involved in the show. The University  has a range of activities at the Exhibition through the week- covering everything from science for the youngest children, with the very popular Fflach Bangor show- to health themes,  including cancer research,  the food we eat and how to check for our ‘vital signs’ as well as revealing a little about how our brains work.

Publication Date: 02/08/2013

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Could elite athletes use brain ‘doping’ technology to enhance their performance?

A neuroscientist at Bangor University recently wrote an opinion piece published in the August edition of the journal “Sports Medicine” on the possibilities of ‘neurodoping’ enhancing sporting performance.

Publication Date: 02/08/2013

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Enterprising Students rewarded by Bangor University

Bangor University has awarded new Entrepreneurship Scholarships worth a total of £5,000 to its students to mark the end of the academic year.

Publication Date: 31/07/2013

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Bangor Graduates Take On The Fringe

This summer four Bangor University graduates are taking an original sketch show to the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival!

Publication Date: 31/07/2013

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Exploring the Human Mind with Brainwaves attracts attendees from all over the globe

This ERP Summer School, part of the School’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, continued the tradition of very successful and popular Summer Schools at the School of Psychology.

Publication Date: 24/07/2013

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Awards for Bangor University’s research impact

Three research projects which have made outstanding impacts in very different areas have been recognised at Bangor University’s inaugural Research and Enterprise Impact Awards.

Publication Date: 12/07/2013

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Bangor University Student celebrates graduation in late mother’s memory

Relief, happiness, fear and sadness are just some of the emotions that a Bangor University student will be feeling during her graduation ceremony this week.

Publication Date: 12/07/2013

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Prize winning student overcame a serious illness to graduate

A prize winning student overcame a serious illness to graduate at the top of her class at Bangor University this week.

Publication Date: 12/07/2013

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Psychology Celebrates

The School of Psychology celebrated its 50th year with a Ceildh Party in the impressive surroundings of the Bangor University's PJ Hall on the evening of 4th July. Current staff and students were joined by alumni and past staff, some specially invited guests as well as delegates from the Experimental Psychology Society Conference and attendees at the School of Psychology's ERP Summer School, both of which are being held at Bangor this week.

Publication Date: 08/07/2013

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Dr Emily Cross to get on her soapbox for science

Dr Emily Cross of Bangor University’s School of Psychology is one of 12 exceptional women scientists selected to bring science directly to the public.  On 5th July, London’s Southbank will be transformed into an arena for public learning and scientific debate.  The event by Soapbox Science, organised by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science, enables some of the UK’s most prominent female scientists to bring science out of the laboratory and onto the streets.

Publication Date: 01/07/2013

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Bangor Literacy Lab and Dyslexia Centre Research highlighted by the US Association for Psychological Science

Dr Markéta Caravolas was delighted to hear that her recent research paper “Different Patterns, but Equivalent Predictors,
of Growth in Reading in Consistent and Inconsistent Orthographies” was to be featured in the 25th June edition of
“This Week in Psychological Science” (TWiPS) published by the Association for Psychological Science, based in Washington.

Publication Date: 27/06/2013

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Bangor University Lecturer to receive UK Teaching Award

Dr Fay Short of Bangor University’s School of Psychology has been made a National Teaching Fellow. This is the most prestigious award that can be made to recognise excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

Publication Date: 27/06/2013

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Bangor University hosts Neuroimaging in Dementia Workshop

It’s been called a time-bomb, as the population is living longer, so the cases of dementia are on the increase. Within north Wales alone there are about 12,000 people diagnosed with dementia, and with an ageing population this number will rise.

Publication Date: 17/06/2013

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People Anticipate Others’ Genuine Smiles, But Not Polite Smiles

Smile and the world smiles with you – but new research suggests that not all smiles are created equal. The research shows that people actually anticipate smiles that are genuine but not smiles that are merely polite. The differing responses may reflect the unique social value of genuine smiles.

Publication Date: 12/06/2013

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Honorary Fellowship for distinguished former Bangor Faculty Member

Professor Mark Williams FBA -  for services to clinical psychology

Professor of Clinical Psychology at Oxford since 2004. Formerly Professor of Clinical Psychology at Bangor (1991-97) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (1997-2001). He has pioneered research in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and has written widely on the treatment of depression and suicidal behaviour.

Publication Date: 04/06/2013

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Dr Emily Cross to get on her soapbox for science

Dr Emily Cross of Bangor University’s School of Psychology is one of 12 exceptional women scientists selected to bring science directly to the public.  On 5th July, London’s Southbank will be transformed into an arena for public learning and scientific debate.  The event by Soapbox Science, organised by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science, enables some of the UK’s most prominent female scientists to bring science out of the laboratory and onto the streets.

Publication Date: 23/05/2013

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Bangor Young Enterprise team pick up Award in London

Congratulations to Bangor University's 'University of Ales' team who represented Wales in the UK finals of the Young Enterprise Start Up Programme in Canary Wharf, Londonrecently. the Team won the Best Investment Proposal/Company Report- one of the four Awards presented on the night.

Publication Date: 19/05/2013

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Bangor University Peer Support Volunteer of the Year 2013 Awarded

“Still makes sure we’re OK”, “Treated me with respect,”  “Has gone over & above what was needed and will probably carry on for the remainder of his time here,”                 “Is a big part of our friendship group”…

These glowing tributes and recommendations come from the nominations for one particular student for the Bangor University’s Peer Support Volunteer of the Year Award.

Publication Date: 15/05/2013

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Bangor University Health Academics appointed to new National body

Four leading health academics at Bangor University are among the first to be appointed Senior Faculty members of Wales’ new National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR). Their appointments were announced by Health Minister Mark Drakeford AM recently.

Publication Date: 02/05/2013

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Psychologists contribute to enjoyment of new Art Exhibition

Bangor University’s renowned School of Psychology has worked with MOSTYN contemporary art gallery in Vaughan Street, Llandudno for their new exhibition to be launched soon. Entitled ‘YOU’ the Exhibition is all about the viewer.

Publication Date: 24/04/2013

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School of Psychology staff on S4C

Corff Cymru is a science programme looking at the human body from the perspective of the Welsh. In the second episode of the series we will be focusing on the brain. We'll be looking at the effects of bilingualism on the brain at Bangor University School of Psychology with Professor Debbie Mills' team and Dr Enlli Thomas from the School of Education. We will also be learning how the brain works, at CUBRIC in Cardiff, and finding out more about intelligence.

This episode of Corff Cymru is to be shown on Thursday 18th April on S4C at 8.25pm

Publication Date: 18/04/2013

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Mindfulness in Society Conference: delivered by Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice

Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice hosted a scientific conference in March 2013 in Chester entitled ‘Mindfulness in Society’. It was a three day conference with additional pre and post conference day long institutes.

Publication Date: 17/04/2013

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Bangor’s Santander Entrepreneurs

Undergraduate student Catrin Hicks of Blaenau Ffestiniog and a team of postgraduate students have won the Bangor University round of the Santander Entrepreneurship Awards and will be representing Bangor at the UK round later this year.

Publication Date: 26/03/2013

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Mind training via mindfulness meditation fosters well being across the life span

Mindfulness, an integrative mind-body based approach that helps people to change how they think and feel about their experiences can be useful to people at various stages and spheres of their lives. Adapted as Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), it can assist people coping with a range of difficulties.

Publication Date: 26/03/2013

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Caring for Foster parents so that they are better placed to care for the children

Parenting has its own stresses and its own rewards, but as the UK faces a crisis in the numbers of foster parents available, one university is finding ways to improve personal well-being and reduce the stress-levels of those currently working in that role.

Publication Date: 22/03/2013

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Research search for ‘invisible’ carers

There are thought to be over 70,000 people with a learning disability living in Wales today and yet only 12,000 or so are known to social services. This would, therefore, appear to indicate that many tens of thousands of people with a learning disability are living with family carers. 

Publication Date: 14/03/2013

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Bangor Psychology Students 'Pitch' up just short after fantastic effort in Cardiff

Two teams of Consumer Psychology masters students went to Cardiff  recently to participate in the Chartered Institute of Marketing's "Pitch" competition. The teams were: "The Three Marketeers" (Jamie Muir, Will Morgan, Manuel Calatrava Conesa) and "The National Thrust" (James Gudgeon, James Gillespie, Bryan Walls).

Publication Date: 07/03/2013

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Bangor Students ‘Pitch’ their marketing expertise in welsh Final Round

A team of from Bangor University students made it through to the Welsh final round of ‘‘Brolio/ The Pitch’, a competition  organised by the chartered Institute of Marketing which gives students the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their ideas in a prestigious marketing competition.

Publication Date: 27/02/2013

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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Teaching & Research - 2 posts)

The School of Psychology at Bangor University is seeking to appoint candidates with significant early-career potential, or established track record of research excellence, in any area of Psychology.

Publication Date: 20/02/2013

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£1m EU boost for pilot project to exploit behaviour change research for industry

Deputy Minister for European Programmes, Alun Davies, has announced £1m EU funding for a pilot project that will pioneer cutting-edge research to help businesses develop new products, processes or services.

Publication Date: 02/02/2013

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Bangor’s Students square up for further University Challenge round

Bangor University appears in the  second round in the 50th anniversary series of TV’s most challenging quiz show; University Challenge on BBC 2 Wales at 8.00 pm on Monday 28 January 2013.

Publication Date: 23/01/2013

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Bangor Students Support Human Rights Issues Across the World

Masters students from Bangor University’s School of Psychology organised a university-wide letter writing campaign for Amnesty International’s (AI) “Write for Rights” campaign.  Each year AI chooses a set of 15 cases from around the world and asks people to write letters of support and because people from all over the world write to support the cases, each one receives hundreds or thousands of letters.

Publication Date: 08/01/2013

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Fully Funded PhD Scholarships

Fully Funded 3 year PhDs in Psychology are available. Please click here for details and to apply

Publication Date: 22/12/2012

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First Welsh Bursaries at School of Psychology lead to local posts

Having become the first University to introduce an MSc qualification in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in Europe in 2003, a student at Bangor University’s School of Psychology following the ABA MSc, has become the first Masters students at the School to submit a Master’s thesis written in Welsh. Applied behavioural science focuses on the use of basic learning principles to develop positive behaviour change for individuals, groups of people, and society at large.

Publication Date: 22/12/2012

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Understanding Shoppers – can a smile or a smell affect what you buy?

Over the past six months, Bangor’s School of Psychology has been working with one of the world’s leading shopping research groups, Shopping Behaviour Explained (SBXL), to find out how people shop as part of the pan Wales Strategic Insight programme (SIP).

So next time you are shopping and notice a lovely smile on some packaging or perhaps an enticing smell in the air then you may well be experiencing sales techniques which are based on research that was pioneered at Bangor.

Publication Date: 21/12/2012

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Sound and vision piece inspired by dyslexia to feature on Radio 4 All in the Mind programme

A new sonic art work inspired by dyslexia and the science behind dyslexia is to be covered by Radio 4’s flagship All in the Mind programme, which explores the limits and potential of the human mind. The programme will be broadcast on Tuesday 18 December at 9.00pm and repeated on Wednesday 19 at 3.30 and will be available online after the first broadcast.

Publication Date: 15/12/2012

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A fascinating cutting-edge visual journey into the patterns of our minds while moving ...

What is it that grabs your attention when a dancer takes the stage? Costume, choreography, the dancer’s technical expertise? Renowned contemporary dancer Riley Watts and Bangor University neuroscientist Dr.Emily Cross show that there are less tangible factors that influence your perception.

Publication Date: 16/11/2012

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New Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience appointed

Bangor University has appointed Professor Robert Rogers as Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Psychology. Professor Rogers will be joining the faculty from the University of Oxford, during 2013. Professor Rogers is a world leading expert in the fields of cognitive control and decision-making, and will lead the establishment in Bangor of a new laboratory in Psychopharmacology.

Publication Date: 04/10/2012

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Psychology students compete in final round of 'The Pitch'

A team of three postgraduate students from the School of Psychology were runners up  in the final round of The Pitch,  a UK wide business plan and marketing challenge held on October 3rd in London.

Publication Date: 03/10/2012

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BPS Poster Prize for Masters Student

Postgraduate student wins prize for best poster at the BPS Division of Health Psychology annual conference.

Publication Date: 17/09/2012

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BBC Filming in Psychology Imaging Unit

On Friday 14th September the BBC are filming in Bangor's School of Psychology Imaging Unit with Professor Downing and Dr Mullins.

Publication Date: 14/09/2012

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Students from across the world take part in 3rd Annual Visceral Mind Summer School at Bangor University

The Visceral Mind Summer School, running in the School of Psychology at Bangor University, attracted over 140 highly qualified applicants for the 40 available places. The summer school, now in its 3rd year, has proven popular with ambitious young researchers keen to share in Bangor Psychology’s world leading expertise in the field of cognitive neuroscience. The primary aim of the course, which is supported by the James S. McDonnell Foundation, is to redress an inadequacy of neuroanatomical knowledge in young neuroscientists, caused at least partially, by the limited availability of human brain tissue for providing this training to students outside the US.

Publication Date: 10/09/2012

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'MATLAB for Experimental Psychology' Workshop Proves Very Popular

On 26th and 27th July, the School of Psychology hosted a two-day 'MATLAB for Experimental Psychology' workshop. With only eighteen places available, we received interest from over 150 students from around the UK.

Publication Date: 21/08/2012

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Snacking and BMI linked to double effect of brain activity and self-control

Snack consumption and BMI are linked to both brain activity and self-control, new research has found.

The research, carried out by academics from the Universities of Exeter, Cardiff, Bristol, and Bangor, discovered that an individual’s brain ‘reward centre’ response to pictures of food predicted how much they subsequently ate. This appeared to have more effect on the amount they ate than their conscious feelings of hunger or how much they wanted the food.

Publication Date: 26/07/2012

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Food Dudes win international acclaim

Dr Pauline Horne and Professor Fergus Lowe of Bangor University have been presented with an award for their pioneering work on childhood obesity in front of an audience of 4,000 academics from many different countries, at a conference held in Seattle recently.

Publication Date: 11/06/2012

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Food Dudes has spun out

Over the past ten years the Food Dudes programme at the School of Psychology has gone from strength to strength – winning grants, accolades, and awards around the world. In the process, it has improved the eating habits and health of hundreds of thousands of kids.  And recently, leading the school’s drive toward commercialisation, the programme has become its own spin-out company -  Food Dudes Health Ltd (FDH).

Publication Date: 01/06/2012

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Dementia Services training features in documentary

The work done to support and train carers of people with dementia, carried out by Bangor University’s Dementia Services Development Centre features in Dementia: Making a difference,  to be shown on BBC 2 Wales tonight (24.5.12) at 22.00.

Publication Date: 24/05/2012

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Psychologists reveal how emotion can shut down high-level mental processes without our knowledge

Psychologists at Bangor University believe that they have glimpsed for the first time, a process that takes place deep within our unconscious brain, where primal reactions interact with higher mental processes. Writing in the Journal of Neuroscience (May 9, 2012 • 32(19):6485– 6489 • 6485), they identify a reaction to negative language inputs which shuts down unconscious processing.

Publication Date: 09/05/2012

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Bangor’s Santander Entrepreneurs

Product Design student Tom Purnell and postgraduate Consumer Psychology student Will Osborn have won the Bangor University round of the Santander Entrepreneurship Awards and will be representing the University at the UK round later this year.

Publication Date: 08/05/2012

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From Consumer Psychology to Ella's Kitchen

Paul Dazeley accepted an invitation from Dr James Intrilligator to come back to Bangor to talk to students currently studying MSc Consumer Psychology, the course Paul graduate from a few years ago.

Publication Date: 01/05/2012

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Psychology Staff well represented in Student-led teaching awards nominations

The Bangor Students' Union have announced the nominations for these prizes, which recognise staff who provide outstanding support and contributions to the student experience.

Publication Date: 30/04/2012

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Tackling Transition in Psychology

School teachers, college tutors and university academics are coming together for a constructive event to discuss how they can help students to tackle the sometimes challenging leap from school or college to university.

Publication Date: 02/04/2012

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Prestigious Award for Honorary Professor

Prof. John Duncan (Cambridge) who is a honorary member of staff in Bangor's Psychology department has won the prestigious Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science for his innovative, multidisciplinary research into the relationships between psychology, behaviour and intelligence on the one hand and neural processes on the other

Publication Date: 22/03/2012

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The Psychology of Shopping

Students on the Consumer Psychology with Business degree were recently treated to a practical insight into the psychology of shopping by Mr Philip Adcock, who is one of the world's experts on how people shop.

Publication Date: 08/03/2012

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Consumer Psychology Students Win National Marketing Competition

A team of three students from the School of Psychology impressed a panel of Wales’ leading marketers with a winning business proposal at 'The Pitch', a challenge set by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Big Ideas Wales.

Publication Date: 06/03/2012

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Almost Half of Depression in Adults starts in adolesence

A new study by research psychologists at Bangor and Oxford Universities show that half of adults who experience clinical depression had their first episode start in adolescence.  In fact, the most common age to see the start of depression is between 13-15 years-old.

Publication Date: 29/02/2012

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Looking into a dancer’s brain

Dance and psychology come together at Bangor University this week (14 + 15 February 2012). In an exciting boundary crossing piece of research, Dr. Emily Cross, a psychologist at Bangor University, will be working with internationally renowned contemporary dancer Riley Watts to study what happens in our brains when we watch complex movements.

Publication Date: 16/02/2012

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Giving the community an opportunity to hear about the latest research on Managing Long-Term Conditions

A lecture focusing on Managing Long-Term Conditions, takes place at Venue Cymru  at 6pm on 17th January. The lecture series is free to attend, open to the public and includes refreshments, networking opportunities and a certificate of attendance. 

Publication Date: 12/01/2012

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‘Food Dudes’ Professor Appointed European Expert

Professor Fergus Lowe, who leads the successful Food Dudes healthy eating programme at Bangor University, has been appointed a permanent member of the European Commission Group of Experts who provide technical advice on the Commission’s School Fruit Scheme.

Publication Date: 20/12/2011

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Writing about ‘Open Brain-surgery’

A Psychology researcher at Bangor University was shortlisted for the 2011 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize  sponsored by the Guardian and Wellcome Trust recently.

Publication Date: 07/12/2011

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Psychology workshop leads to the development of an all-Wales network for research on prevention of age-related cognitive decline and disability

On the 27th October 2011 the School of Psychology hosted a workshop to discuss the prevention of age related disability and dementia (organised by Prof Linda Clare). The workshop was well attended by academics, health professionals and representatives from voluntary sector organisations and local government.

Publication Date: 24/11/2011

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Lecture theatre dedicated to inspirational lecturer

Alun Waddon was a lecturer at the School of Psychology from 1970-2005. Following his recent death, the School decided to recognise the important role he played within Psychology by dedicating Lecture Theatre 1 to his memory.

Publication Date: 02/11/2011

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Bangor University on your mobile...

Bangor University is one of the first universities in the UK to launch a ‘mobile web’ site aimed at attracting new students and providing the basis for a range of exciting new mobile web-based services for current staff and students.

Publication Date: 18/10/2011

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Bangor's Bilingualism Research is highly influential

Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (BLC), is an international peer-reviewed journal focusing on bilingualism from a cognitive science perspective. An article by Prof. Gathercole of Bangor's Psychology department has been included in a list of editors’ highlights of recent influential articles. Cambridge Journals have provided free access to this article here.

Publication Date: 03/10/2011

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US Award for Expert in Ageing

An internationally recognised expert on ageing and dementia, Professor Bob Woods of Bangor University, is to be the first international recipient of an American Award on Thursday 13 October2011.

Publication Date: 01/10/2011

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Researchers measure the value of a smile

Researchers at Bangor University have placed an economic value on a smile, demonstrating scientifically the effect that a genuine smile can have on our decision-making. The psychologists call this ‘social information’ and say that it has more of an effect than you may imagine.

Publication Date: 29/09/2011

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Food Dudes to rescue children from General Junk

At The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers’ Annual Livery Banquet held at the Mansion House in London on Thursday 17th February 2011, Professor Fergus Lowe, co-director of Bangor University’s successful Food Dudes Programme, addressed a distinguished array of guests who included the Lord Mayor of the City of London and the Sheriffs, the New Zealand High Commissioner,  the Dean of Canterbury, four Commanders-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the Commissioner of the City London Police, senior representatives of the legal profession, Masters of four other livery companies as well as leaders of the fruit industry.

Publication Date: 23/02/2011

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Consumer Psychology Grad Pulls in Two Prestigious Awards

In just his first year on the job, a recent Bangor graduate has played a key role in earning his new employer not one but two national business awards.

Six months ago, Paul Dazeley was finishing his MSc degree in Consumer Psychology and Business at Bangor University. Then he heard about a job opening at Ella’s Kitchen, the organic baby food company based in Henley, near Reading. Paul asked his advisor at Bangor for advice in preparing for the interview.

Publication Date: 15/12/2010

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Bangor Uni’s Food Dudes Scheme extended in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton City NHS Primary Care Trust, who have pioneered UK use of the Food Dudes scheme to encourage schoolchildren to eat more fruit and vegetables, have decided to continue for a further two years.  


The Scheme, developed by Bangor University’s Food and Activity Research Unit at the School of Psychology, was introduced in Wolverhampton in January 2009 and initially planned to run it until December 2011 - benefitting 20,000 pupils at primary and special schools – at a total cost of £500,000.

Publication Date: 15/12/2010

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Transferring knowledge of psychology to the workplace

People are the heart of successful businesses – and Bangor University’s School of Psychology is inviting people to discover how psychology can be used in the workplace to unleash potential and fulfill individual ambitions.

Publication Date: 22/10/2010

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Our Peer Guides are on hand....

Your peer guide will be on hand to help you if you’re ever not sure about where you should be during welcome week or the subsequent weeks.

This year Darren Rhodes is the psychology Head Peer Guide and he’ll be around ready to help with any peer guide questions you may have.

Publication Date: 01/09/2010

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