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Dizzy apes provide clues on human need for mind altering experiences

Great apes deliberately spin themselves in order make themselves dizzy, academics at the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham have discovered. 

Tue 14 Mar 2023, 08:18 | Tags: research, psychology, primates

Orangutan communication sheds light on human speech origins

New research from The University of Warwick has revealed that orangutans, the most arboreal of the great apes, produce consonant-like calls more often and of greater variety than their African ground-dwelling cousins (gorillas, bonobos and chimpanzees).

Tue 20 Dec 2022, 16:00 | Tags: research, psychology, language

Today’s experience impacts how we feel about last night’s sleep quality

In the age of the fitness watches and smartphones, we often wake up to see an app-generated ‘sleep quality score’ evaluating how well we slept. People rarely wonder what sleep quality actually means and which aspects of our experience matter most when we come to judge our own sleep.

Tue 29 Nov 2022, 09:18 | Tags: research, psychology, sleep, society, wellbeing

Most young people who leave CAMHS do not see a worsening of symptoms

Most young people who stop using childhood and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) after reaching the upper age limit of CAMHS do not see a decline in their symptoms, research has found.

Fri 18 Nov 2022, 09:18 | Tags: research, psychology, mental health, Warwick Medical School

The conspiracy theorist “worldview” and the language of their argument

A study has analysed the difference between mainstream and conspiracy articles. It found that conspiracies rely on other conspiracies as “evidence”, jumping around different topics, less coherently than mainstream texts, but relying on a web of interconnected ideas to connect the dots.

Thu 27 Oct 2022, 15:24 | Tags: psychology

Communication Makes Hunting Easier for Chimpanzees

An international team of scientists including a psychologist from the University of Warwick has identified a ‘hunting bark’ that chimpanzee’s use to call members of their group to co-ordinate a hunt.

Mon 01 Aug 2022, 09:26 | Tags: research, psychology

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