Teaching and Learning

The British Psychological Society recently sent an accreditation team to Hong Kong. It was a successful trip, resulting in the accreditation of programmes offered by two UK universities working with local partners.
The journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology has banned papers which contain p-values in an effort to reduce the amount of lower-quality research it publishes.
In the near future, students could be presented with a series of video trailers of different professors at their university. Based on their ratings of these videos, the students will be paired with the professors who provide the best fit.
The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. It is designed to show young people (primarily aged 7-19) just how many exciting and rewarding opportunities there are for them in science
Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (University College London) has created a website aimed at inspiring young people to get involved with the sciences.
The human mind can be its own worst enemy. When we want to do well in sports, we often intensify attentional focus on bodily movements that are best off left on automatic pilot.
When we’re stressed out and feeling threatened, our priority becomes self-preservation.
It's near the end of your university semester, you're tired and now you've got to sit through 90 minutes of monotonous psychology tests to fulfil the requirements for your course.
Different labels for difficulties with reading have been found to be associated with varying beliefs in how effective teachers believe they can be.
Today’s Guardian reports the findings of a survey on the prescription of drugs to treat hyperactivity in preschool children.
The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework show that the quality of submitted research outputs has improved significantly since the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
When you're trying to learn, do something with your new knowledge, such as summarising it or explaining it to someone else. This deepens your memories and helps integrate what you've learned with what you already knew.
Musical training can help to enhance a person's cognitive abilities, a new study has revealed.
Guessing, even wrongly, is thought to activate webs of knowledge, which leads to richer encoding of the correct answer. 
Mistakes made during the learning process can be good for a person's memory, according to a new study.
Psychological science is undergoing a process of soul-searching and self-improvement.
Conforming to the behaviour of others begins in early childhood, a new study has revealed.
The built environment shapes our behaviour profoundly - piazzas and park benches promote unplanned encounters between strangers whereas car-friendly streets have the opposite effect, the efficiency of speedy travel promoting "streets as corridors"
Children's cognitive skills can be enhanced if they partake in at least an hour of exercise after every school day, according to new research.
Researchers say they've uncovered a simple technique that improves students' memory for passages of text. All that's required is to tell the students that they're going to have to teach the material to someone else.
We like to think of ourselves as the top of the class when it comes to intelligence in the animal kingdom. Our inventions and scientific progress are testament to that claim, and yet there are some ways in which our complex brains let us down.
There's a best practice guide for teachers, produced by the Association of School Psychologists in the US, that states praise is best given to pupils in private.
Becoming addicted to technology such as mobile phones is a very real possibility among young people in particular, according to a new study.
Most people with autism have difficulties socialising and connecting with others. It's generally agreed that part of this has to do with an impairment in taking other people's perspective.
We are delighted to host this year’s Group of Trainers Conference in Belfast. We hope you enjoy our city and we are delighted to have an opportunity to show it to our colleagues.
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