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How humans learnt to dance; from the Chimpanzee Conga

Psychologist observing two chimpanzees in a zoo have discovered that they performed a behaviour hitherto never seen, they coordinated together in a rhythmic social ritual.

Thu 12 Dec 2019, 10:00 | Tags: psychology, Evolution, Sciences

Preterm children have similar temperament to children who were institutionally deprived

A child’s temperament is affected by the early stages of their life. Researchers from the University of Warwick, the University of Tennessee, University of Southampton and Kings College London have found children who were born very preterm (under 32 weeks gestation) or very low birthweight (under 1500g) had similar temperamental difficulties in controlling their impulses, to children who experienced institutional deprivation.

Tue 12 Nov 2019, 10:19 | Tags: psychology, preterm babies, childhood development, Sciences

Reading the past like an open book – researchers use text to measure two hundred years of happiness

Was there such a thing as ‘the good old days’ when people were happier? Are current Government policies more or less likely to increase their citizens’ feelings of wellbeing? Using innovative methods researchers have built a new index that uses data from books and newspaper to track levels of national happiness from 1820. Their research could help governments to make better decisions about policy priorities.


Children bullied by friends and siblings are more likely to think about suicide in their early twenties

Depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation are more prominent in adults in their early twenties if they were bullied at home and at school, a study by researchers at the University of Warwick have found. Researchers stress that intervention is needed to educate people in bullying to reduce it.

Previous studies have identified that sibling bullying has an effect on mental health in adolescence, however researchers Professor Dieter Wolke and Dr. Slava Dantchev have now found children who were bullied by siblings and friends are more likely to harm themselves.

Wed 09 Oct 2019, 08:37 | Tags: psychology, Sciences

‘Building blocks’ of bird calls resemble human languages

The ‘building blocks’ of bird calls resemble those of human languages, new research from has found.

Tue 10 Sep 2019, 10:11 | Tags: research, psychology

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