Media coverage – August 2018

Robots have power to significantly influence children’s opinions

Young children are significantly more likely than adults to have their opinions and decisions influenced by robots, according to new research. The study, conducted at the University of Plymouth, compared how adults and children respond to an identical task when in the presence of both their peers and humanoid robots.

Altered images: new research shows that what we see is distorted by what we expect to see

New research shows that humans 'see' the actions of others not quite as they really are, but slightly distorted by their expectations. Published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the study could explain why people get others’ actions so wrong and see ambiguous behaviour as meaningful, according to authors from the University of Plymouth School of Psychology.

'Sea potatoes' wash up on the seashore

Professor Martin Attrill comments on eye-catching observations on the Cornish coast.

Why can weever fish make beach visits a painful experience?

Scientists from the University of Plymouth are carrying out research into one of the more painful features of the South West’s beaches – weever fish. The marine biologists and coastal scientists are joining forces to expand our knowledge of why weever fish tend to inhabit certain areas, what they do in these areas and what factors make a sting more likely.

Mastitis costs the UK dairy industry £200 million a year through reduced milk production and quality. Now University of Plymouth spinout company The Vaccine Group has been awarded a grant to support development of a vaccine to combat one of its main causes, E.coli.

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