Teaching and Learning

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Alongside metrics like “uses a textbook”, the popular Rate My Professors website gives students the option to score their lecturers’ “hotness”.

This might not be as frivolous as it seems, at least according to a new paper discussed on our Research Digest blog, which claims that students learn more effectively from more attractive lecturers.

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Professor David Clark-Carter, a lecturer on MSc and Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology who heavily influenced the teaching of research methods in psychology nationally and internationally, will receive the 2016 BPS Lifetime Achievement Award.

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It happens to all students – you're meant to be focused on the page, but your mind is turned inwards thinking about other stuff (Must remember to charge my phone. What time did I say I'd meet Sarah?)

Thankfully a new study discussed on our Research Digest blog identifies a straightforward way to reduce how much your mind wanders off topic when you're studying.

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In Western democracies, young adults are living with their parents for longer, spending more time in education and delaying having children. So much so that some commentators have suggested that we need a new term, such as "emerging adulthood", to describe the phase of life between late adolescence and true adulthood.

Adding to this picture, a new cross-generational study of hundreds of undergraduates at two US universities finds that students today are more anxious about growing up and maturing than students from previous generations.

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If you spend time playing mentally taxing games on your smartphone or computer, will it make you more intelligent? A billion dollar "brain training" industry is premised on the idea that it will.

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An undergraduate course with an ethos of partnership has won the British Psychological Society’s Award for Innovation in Psychology Programmes.

The BSc Psychology programme at the University of Lincoln was praised by Society for its peer support, annual undergraduate research conference and staff-student partnerships for programme design.

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Following last year's successful appearance Dr Jon Sutton, Editor of The Psychologist, is returning to Latitude Festival on Saturday July 17 for another 'The Psychologist presents…' session, this time in the Wellcome Trust hub. 

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It doesn't matter how brainy you are, if you don't make any effort, you're not going to do well at university. Indeed, psychologists are paying increasing intention to the role of self-control and self-discipline to academic success.

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Former Ministry of Justice Chief Psychologist Graham Towl (University of Durham) has become chair of an innovative Sexual Violence Taskforce at the university – the first of its kind in the UK.

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Why do US high school aptitude tests underpredict girls’ later success at university?

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The British Psychological Society 2016 Annual Conference takes place in Nottingham over the next three days (26 - 28 April). 

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If you've got some revision to do, get yourself a sketch pad and start drawing out the words or concepts that you want to remember.

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When we're asked how much we understand the workings of everyday things like vacuum cleaners or computer printers, most of us massively overestimate our knowledge.

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The fifth PsychCrunch podcast from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest explores whether psychology can help us learn a new language.

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The current round of the BPS Research Board's Postdoctoral Conference Bursary Scheme to support the work of psychology postdoctoral researchers and lecturers will close on Friday 1 April 2016.

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Babies' first motor skills – how early they learn to reach for things and explore them – are related to their later abilities, both motor skills (such as crawling and walking) and skills in other domains, such as their vocabulary.

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A free one-day event for postgraduate students and early career researchers hosted by the BPS and Senate House Library takes place today in London.

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Dr Amanda Wood, a Chartered Psychologist, has been awarded funding to visit the USA to research the provision of psychological support for military families, both serving and beyond, and in particular children.

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A free BPS public seminar discussing psychology and the quest for a science of religion in the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be held on Monday (29 February 2016) in London from 6 - 7:30pm.

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Only a few weeks remain to apply for the BPS 2016 Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme.

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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has published a revised version of its framework for research ethics. The framework sets out what it considers to be good practice in social science research.

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A new paper discussed on our Research Digest blog has reviewed all the published evidence on how personality varies with students' choice of acad

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