NHS-recommended mental health apps need proper evaluation, research shows

NHS-recommended mental health apps need proper evaluation, research shows

Study finds digital mental health provision landscape isn’t well defined across England The NHS could potentially be wasting money on e-therapies that haven’t been properly evaluated Mental health apps need to be based on established guidelines and evidence   The NHS could potentially be wasting money on e-therapies that have not been properly evaluated, says a new study by the University of Sheffield. The study, […]

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Whiskers help dormice navigate shrinking habitats, research shows

Whiskers help dormice navigate shrinking habitats, research shows

Footage reveals dormice use their hypersensitive whiskers to explore their tree canopy at night Dormice avoided crossing the space between habitats, leading to a change in their behaviour Hedgerows can help fill gaps in habitats to help the endangered species’ survival The existence of the UK’s endangered hazel dormouse is under threat as gaps in tree canopies are leaving the creatures unable to use their […]

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Professional staff take home trophies from awards ceremony

Staff from across the Faculty of Science were honoured at the Sheffield Professional Awards. At a ceremony in the Octagon Centre on Thursday (26 March) a total of 21 awards were given out across six categories. The Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory Team of Mel Stapleton, Anne Holland, Sarah Noble and Tom Hill won the One Team award, for a team who are exceptional in the way they […]

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Science researchers compete for policy prize

New researchers working in science found out how to apply their expertise to the political process by taking part in a University competition. The University’s Science In Policy group organised a contest for interdisciplinary groups of postgraduate and early career researchers. They were tasked with producing a POSTnote: a four-page briefing document similar to ones produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. The winning team was […]

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Immunohistochemistry course a huge success

The first of the University of Sheffield’s new series of Theory & Practise courses took place last month. Theory & Practise: Beginners Immunohistochemistry was directed by Natalie Kennerley from Psychology and Lynne Baxter from the Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN). Together they designed the course and securing Vector Labs UK, a leading UK manufacturer of immunohistochemical reagents, as an industry partner. Over the course […]

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The hidden potential of our brains

Psychology lecturer Dr Tom Stafford has picked up the 2014 British Psychological Society (BPS) Public Engagement and Media Award for Mindhacks.com, the hugely popular psychology and neuroscience blog he co-founded ten years ago. Tom, who studied for his BSc and PhD here at our University, started the blog with technology entrepreneur Matt Webb in 2004 after publishing a book, also called Mind Hacks. Tom’s book […]

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Study shows getting students to write their own text book can help improve exam results

An innovative learning and teaching project has shown how getting students to write their own text book can help them improve their exam scores. A study was led by Dr Tom Stafford in Psychology, who removed the textbook from a course he ran and replaced it with a wiki – an editable set of webpages that allowed students to, effectively, write their own text book. […]

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Psychology technician is first at the University to achieve top status

A technician with more than 20 years’ experience has become the first at the University of Sheffield to achieve a top professional status. Natalie Kennerley, Assistant Technical Manager for Neuroscience in Psychology, is now a Chartered Scientist (CSci) under the Science Council’s professional registration scheme. She is also the first to be awarded the status by the Institute of Science and Technology, which was granted a […]

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Rats purposefully use their whiskers in different ways to help navigate in the dark

The way rats use their whiskers is more similar to how humans use their hands and fingers than previously thought, new research from the University of Sheffield has found. Rats deliberately change how they sense their environment using their facial whiskers depending on whether the environment is novel, if there is a risk of collision and whether or not they can see where they are […]

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Watch: The psychology of Tetris revealed on game’s 30th birthday

Over the last 30 years, people across the world have spent millions of hours fitting falling shapes into rows playing one of the biggest-selling computer games of all time. On World Tetris Day (6 June 2014), the Department of Psychology’s Dr Tom Stafford discusses why such a simple game is so compelling and reveals the psychology behind its enduring appeal. In a new video, he […]

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