Media coverage – July 2018

Sports psychology and the importance of 'grit'

Jon Rhodes, Associate Lecturer in Sports Psychology, has offered his views on goal-setting and the importance of determined 'grit' in relation to sporting challenges, including England's World Cup penalty drama against Colombia, and Lewis Pugh's long swim along the English Channel.

  • Feature on Sky News talking about Lewis Pugh's swim. 
  • Feature on Pirate FM talking about England's need to stay clam when faced with penalties. 

Saving the planet's coral reefs

International news outlets have reported on a commentary paper by Dr Caroline Palmer, Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Biological and Marine Sciences, looking at the importance of immunity in coral reefs.

Brexit effect on young Eastern Europeans

Dr Naomi Tyrrell, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, has co-written a piece for 'The Conversation' entitled 'How Brexit is making young Eastern Europeans in the UK fear for their future'.

Read the feature in 'The Conversation' 

Expert comment on bumblebees thriving in towns

Dr Mick Hanley, Associate Professor in the School of Biological and Marine Sciences, has offered expert comment to The Guardian on a new study showing that bumblebee colonies fare better in villages and cities than in fields.

Read the feature on bumblebees in The Guardian

Animal robots comfort Cornwall dementia patients

PhD student Hannah Bradwell is exploring how robots offer comfort to care home residents – and investigating whether they can be made affordable for small budgets. The robots she is using for the research are provided by the three-year project eHealth and Productivity in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC), which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

  • Animal robots comfort Cornwall dementia patients (BBC Health news)
  • Robots introduced into care homes in Cornwall in research project (Cornish Times)
  • Animal robots comfort Cornwall dementia patients (Flipbox)  

Inducing non-willed motor behaviour

Many people will have experienced the frustration of putting their car keys in the fridge while leaving the milk out on the side, or the embarrassment of answering 'yes' when asked if they would like the chicken or the fish. A new study led by PhD student James Colton has shown that these errors occur because people always control their actions through mental imagery – and international media have covered it. 

  • If you've ever accidentally poured milk in the bin or put your keys in the fridge, research could explain why (Business Insider South Africa)
  • Weird Science: Ever gone to put your keys in the fridge? (New Zealand Herald)
  • How a Ouija board REALLY works: Researchers say participants are 'simply channelling their own thoughts' (Daily Mail)
  • Why do I put my keys in the fridge sometimes? Science says there's a reasonable explanation (Elite Daily)

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