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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Staff and student successes celebrated at Academic Awards 2014

Staff and students in the Faculty of Science took home several trophies from the Academic Awards held last night at the Students’ Union. Based on student votes, the annual awards celebrate the people who go out of their way to make sure all students have an excellent experience of education at the University of Sheffield. Departments in the Faculty of Science were represented in the nominations shortlist […]

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Fashion and utility retailers join forces to debate sustainable shopping

Fashion and utility retailers met for the first time last week as part of a unique collaboration to debate how best to encourage customers to shop in a sustainable way. The discussion at Westfield Shopping Centre, London, builds upon a growing recognition and requirement within both retail sectors of the need to encourage more conscientious consumption of their products in order to reduce the environmental […]

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Toddlers are creative at just two years old

Children as young as two are capable of being creative thinkers, according to new research. Psychologists at the University of Sheffield and the University of Stirling teamed up to discover when children begin thinking divergently. Their findings showed that as early as 24 months old, toddlers have the ability to look for new ideas. In the study, children were given a colourful box with a […]

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Practice doesn’t make perfect, say psychologists

The saying ‘practice makes perfect’ may not be so true after all, according to new research by scientists at the University of Sheffield. In fact when it comes to learning quickly it’s the way you practice not how often you practice, the study by Dr Tom Stafford, from the University’s Psychology Department suggests. Dr Stafford and Dr Michael Dewar from The New York Times Research […]

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