Psychology In the News

  • Experts say they have discovered a way that drinking alcohol impairs driving ability. As well as blighting decision-making powers and balance, it disrupts one's ability to judge depth, the North Dakota State University team found. View news story
  • The cartoon 'Finding Nemo' is one of the few films to accurately portray amnesia, researchers claim. They say the fishy tale, along with a few other honourable exceptions, such as 'Memento', stands out for showing the realities of the condition. View news story
  • UK researchers have collected the first hard evidence of monkeys using tools, Science magazine reports. Cambridge researchers observed wild capuchin monkeys in the Brazilian forest using stones to help them forage for food on an almost daily basis.
  • Scientists believe they have worked out exactly how we recognise a face when we see it. Experts have known for some time that there is something special about faces that draws us to look at them, even after the first few hours of birth. A brain region called the fusiform face area (FFA) has been pinpointed as key. View news story
  • Frequent cannabis use during adolescence and young adulthood raises the risk of psychotic symptoms later in life, research suggests. The risk was much higher in young people who were already genetically vulnerable to developing psychosis. It is thought cannabis disrupts the balance of the key mood chemical dopamine in the brain. Read news story
  • The last novel by the author Iris Murdoch reveals the first signs of Alzheimer's disease, experts say. A team from University College London say their examination of works from throughout Dame Iris's career could be used to help diagnose others. They found the structure and grammar of her novels was relatively unchanged, but her language was noticeably simpler in her last novel, 'Jackson's Dilemma'. View news story
  • A medical scan that can pick up brain tumours could also be used to tell whether a person is lying, US researchers have found. When a person is telling the truth they use different parts of their brain than when people lie, the Temple University team said. View news story
  • If you can't get a good night's sleep it's likely that your parents are at least partly to blame. Researchers have found genetic factors play a major role in sleep disorders such as severe snoring and involuntary leg jerking. View news story
  • Babies exposed to plenty of daylight are more likely to sleep better during the night, a study says. Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University found babies who were exposed to twice as much light between 12pm and 4pm became better sleepers. View news story
  • Children who have a poor diet are more likely to become aggressive and anti-social, US researchers believe. The University of Southern California found a lack of zinc, iron, vitamin B and protein in the first three years caused bad behaviour later on. View news story
  • What lessons are there for psychology majors from my summer experience? First, internships are not as difficult to land as you may think. View news story
  • One in 100 adults asexual

    October 14, 2004
    About one percent of adults have absolutely no interest in sex, according to a new study, and that distinction is becoming one of pride among many asexuals. The new study was conducted by Anthony Bogaert, a psychologist and human sexuality expert at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario. View news story