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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Researcher’s Night 2012

Researcher’s Night 2012

Part of Festival of the Mind, Researchers Night was a huge success. Members of the public streamed onto the campus and were treated to 70 talks, demonstrations and hands-on experiments. The aim of the night was to educate and entertain. Feedback indicates both targets were met with flying colours.

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Launch of Womens Network

Launch of Womens Network

On 26th June the Faculties of Science and Engineering launched a new Women in STEM network. Over 70 staff attended the launch from the two faculties alongside representatives of the Equality and Diversity Board and the Vice Chancellor. The event was the culmination of two months of EPSRC funded activities addressing the factors that affect the retention and progression of women in Science and Engineering […]

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Sheffield Science Gateway

Sheffield Science Gateway

Join Sheffield’s Faculty of Science in working to improve the world by seeking to understand it. At Sheffield Science Gateway, we aim to ease the creation of new research collaborations involving researchers in our Faculty. If you are a scientist, engineer or medical researcher seeking a partner to contribute underpinning expertise to support your research endeavours, our website helps you to: Explore Use our knowledge […]

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