Cognition

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How do we find our way around and why do we sometimes get lost? Tom Hartley will be discussing his research on spatial cognition and how the brain supports behaviour and memory in complex environments. For example how do we find our way around the city centre, or recognise a countryside location we've visited before? These behaviours depend on specialised brain systems. This has potential applications to the diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.

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You may have heard of face-blindness (known formally as prosopagnosia), which is when someone has a particular difficulty recognising familiar faces.

The condition was first noticed in brain-damaged soldiers and for a long time psychologists thought it was extremely rare and primarily caused by brain damage. But in recent years they’ve discovered that it’s actually a relatively common condition that some (approximately two per cent of the population) otherwise healthy people are born with.

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At work or study, whenever you choose to break away from your main task to do something else – such as leaving an email you’re in the middle of writing to go check Facebook instead – you are effectively interrupting yourself. It’s obvious that self-interruptions risk hurting your focus, but you might not realise just how much.

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Learning a task with a stranger is as effective as learning with a close friend or family member.

That is the conclusion of research being presented to the annual conference of our Cognitive Psychology Section today.

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Knowing a lot about a subject means you are more likely to have false memories about it.

That is the paradoxical conclusion of research being presented to the annual conference of the British Psychological Society’s Cognitive Psychology Section in Barcelona today by Dr Ciara Greene from University College Dublin .

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A new study discussed on our Research Digest blog used a diary approach to gauge people’s wisdom in response to everyday problems.

The results showed that there is more variation in one person’s wisdom from one situation to the next, than there is variation in the average wisdom between people.

Wisdom, it seems, is more of a state than a trait.

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Spending time away from a problem can help you come up with more creative solutions.

That is the conclusion of research being presented to the annual conference of the British Psychological Society’s Cognitive Psychology Section in Barcelona today.

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According to Hollywood stereotypes, there are the clever, nerdy young people who spend most of their time sitting around thinking and reading, and then there are the jocks – the sporty, athletic lot who prefer to do as little thinking and studying as possible.

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The Chilcot Report into the decision to go to war in Iraq has highlighted the irrationality and psychological vulnerability of our leaders, and how disastrous the consequences can be.

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Words for colour affect how we see the world. An English-speaking child sees red, orange and pink where a child of the Himba tribe only sees ‘serandu’.

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This workshop is designed and delivered in order to enable delegates to better identify, assess and treat sleeping problems in their clients

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Professor Alan Baddeley is to receive the 2016 Major Advancement in Psychological Science Prize from the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS).

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New educational research technology measures previously unmeasured in situ affects of schools, identifying new factors contributing to school rank / character

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Submissions are now open for the 2016 BPS Cognitive Psychology Section annual conference taking place in Barcelona from the 31 August to the 2 September.

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Glucose. Fuel for our cells, vital for life. But how fundamental is it to how we think?

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Unfortunately this workshop is cancelled.

Understanding traumatic loss existentially and using phenomenology in clinical practice to work therapeutically with traumatically bereaved clients.

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The workshop is an intensive one day ‘how to do CBT for OCD’ focused workshop in the use of CBT strategies for Primarily Obsessional ‘Pure O’ subtypes of OCD, with particular focus on those clients presenting with horrific, unwanted and intrusive

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Unfortunately this workshop is cancelled

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Our memory abilities begin to diminish in some respects as early as our twenties. But the picture isn't entirely bleak.

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This two day workshop bridges the gap between research & practice. Really practical content in trauma focused CBT underpinned with relational values.

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1 March 2016

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Earlier this year a dress nearly broke the internet.

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Psychologists have known for some time that how we perceive the world is influenced by our physical capacity to act in it. For example, hills look steeper when you've got a heavy bag on your back.

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