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Watching films can help surgery patients to relax and could enable them to recover more quickly.
A child's emotional development is likely to benefit when they are told stories.
It is rewarding for the brain to listen to new music, research has suggested.
Voting in the Eurovision Song Contest is influenced by a psychological phenomenon, new research has suggested.
The different affects dancing has on our minds and bodies will be explored in our free open lecture in Harrogate on Tuesday 9 April (6-7pm). Presenting 'Dance Psychology: Health, thinking and Hormones' is the energetic and entertaining Dr Peter Lovatt (aka Dr Dance).
Writing stories could help young people to explore their emotions.
Friday (15 March) was the 25th Red Nose Day and people up and down the country did something funny for money in order to raise cash for the charity Comic Relief. But why is it so popular?
A new sculpture designed to provide daily inspiration to both patients and staff has arrived at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham.
Playing a musical instrument could prove beneficial for children with attention difficulties.
An Honorary Fellow of the Society was a castaway on Desert Island Discs last week. Listen again to Professor Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London, talking to Kirsty Young on Radio 4.
Long-term antisocial behaviour may be linked to excessive television viewing in childhood.
Do men judge the strength of rivals based on their dance moves?
Society member Naomi Norton has received one of the first awards from the Research and Education Bursary Fund funded by the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).
Fussy babies are often kept busy with television, new findings have suggested.
Most of us think of being bored at work as a negative experience, but a new study suggests it can have positive results including an increase in creativity because it gives us time to daydream.
It may do more harm than good for people to write down their feelings following a break-up, new research has found.
This week Lord Justice Leveson published the report following his inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. The Society submitted evidence to the inquiry in 2011 calling for the press to consider the psychological implications of stories they publish. The British Psychological Society is mentioned in volume one of the report as part of a section on gathering and presentation of evidence. The report states: “submissions from different groups … covering other areas of extremely important social awareness; these included, among others, submissions concerning the treatment afforded by the press to the young, the mentally ill, the disabled and other groups in society, some of which were vulnerable and others the particular subject if press concern”.
Watch a child draw and they can seem so absorbed, their brow furrowed in blissful concentration. It seems an ideal way for them to cope with negative emotion.
In seeking to understand the brain processes underlying creative performance, researchers have already scanned opera singers and actors. Now they've invited rappers to undergo the same treatment. 
The mental health of young girls can be boosted by taking part in dance activities.
The fascination of socially awkward moments certainly hasn't been missed by comedy writers. By contrast, psychology has largely neglected to study this fundamental part of social life.
Reality television’s obsession with the “emotional meltdown of losers” is damaging the British psyche – creating a society in which we revel in seeing people hacked to pieces, a
The revival of 3D movies has prompted much debate among fans and critics. Some say it's gimmicky and too expensive. Others have heralded the return of the technology as the industry's saviour.
Two Chartered Psychologists are currently appearing in a parenting programme being broadcast on BBC1 Northern Ireland.
Casja Baldini, a senior lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' English Department at Arizona State University, has been looking at the popularity of horror in books and films. She
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