Research News: July 2012

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 July 2012

Drinking sugar-sweetened soft drinks leads to fat gain

New research from Bangor University has shown that regularly drinking sugar sweetened soft drinks can increase fat gain, inhibit fat metabolism, and increases blood glucose in your body.  So if you’re thirsty and think of reaching for a sugary soft drink- don’t - it can compromise your long-term health. Reach for water instead.

Publication date: 20 July 2012

Cultural views should influence conservation polices

Conservation policy needs to take account of diverse cultural views about the value of different species, according to the results of a new study led by Bangor University.

Publication date: 11 July 2012

WISERD Immigration Study makes the news

A Welsh Government funded study carried out by researchers at Bangor University, as part of WISERD (The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods), has provided new data on what people in Wales think about immigration and how this compares to other parts of the United Kingdom.

Publication date: 3 July 2012