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You can find the latest press releases from the School of Psychological Sciences below.

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Latest releases

Research looks to help children with social communication difficulties
(27 July 2016)
New research led by The University of Manchester aims to help children with ‘hidden’ speech and language problems.

Graduate Jordan gives back with degree project for fellow Parkinson’s patients
(21 July 2016)
A University of Manchester psychology student who graduates on 21 July has used part of his studies to benefit other people with Parkinson’s by taking part in a project to help them improve their movement.

Paralympian graduate set to sail into new speech and language therapy career
(21 July 2016)
A new graduate from The University of Manchester who has represented her country at sailing will combine her passion for the sport with her speech and language therapy knowledge as she embarks on a new career.

Can a smartphone application help treat anxiety and depression?
(13 May 2016)
In a joint project between the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, researchers have examined the initial trial of a smartphone application designed to help people manage their problems.

University project to get new and expectant mums moving
(13 April 2016)
New mums and pregnant women in Moss Side, Hulme and Rusholme are being given the chance to get healthy with a new range of free activities run by a team of midwives and psychologists from The University of Manchester.

Study reports significant link between nightmares and suicidal behaviour in PTSD
(17 March 2016)
Results of a new study into the relationship between nightmares and suicidal behaviours show that suicidal thoughts, plans or attempts were present in 62 percent of participants who experienced nightmares and only 20 percent of those without nightmares.

European research to tackle the triple challenge of dementia, hearing and vision impairment
(9 March 2016)
The combined impact of dementia, age-related hearing and vision impairment is to be investigated by a new multi-million European research consortium led by the University of Manchester.

Inner voice of anorexia under investigation with help from people with lived experience
(24 February 2016)
During Eating Disorders Awareness Week (22-28 February), researchers from The University of Manchester are recruiting people with a diagnosis of anorexia for a new study into the concept of ‘the anorexic voice’.

Supportive shoes a confusing term, runner attitude study finds
(12 February 2016)
New running shoes to burn off Christmas excess are a popular purchase in the New Year, but the terms associated with supportive footwear and alternative styles of running can be confusing, a new study has found.

Graduation for student who’s dedicated her PhD to Syrian children
(18 December 2015)
A University of Manchester psychology student who has dedicated her studies to helping Syrian refugee families graduates today (Friday, 18 December).

When to go? Personalised web advice for those who suspect lung cancer
(9 November 2015)
University of Manchester researchers are trialling a new tool that is designed to get people who may have lung cancer to their doctor earlier.

Premonitions of psychosis wins science writing prize
(2 November 2015)
PhD student Emily Eisner from The University of Manchester has won this year’s Medical Research Council Max Perutz Science Writing Award.

People can raise pain threshold by altering brain chemistry, arthritis patient study shows
(26 October 2015)
Scientists at The University of Manchester have shown for the first time that the numbers of opiate receptors in the brain increases to combat severe pain in arthritis sufferers.

Birth weight and poor childhood growth linked to hearing and vision problems in middle age
(6 October 2015)
A study of up to 433,390 UK adults, led by The University of Manchester, has linked being under and overweight at birth with poorer hearing, vision and cognition in middle age.

New film tells parenting stories of Manchester’s Syrian refugee families
(21 September 2015)
Researchers at The University of Manchester and an independent film maker have produced a new documentary to show the experiences of Syrian refugee families living in Manchester.

Greater Manchester to lead the way in creating world-class health innovation
(2 September 2015)
Leaders across healthcare research, academia and industry have today, Wednesday 2 September, come together to launch a unique partnership.

Research with thieving puppets demonstrates toddlers’ caring sides
(18 June 2015)
An experiment conducted by The University of Manchester has shown that three and five-year-old children will intervene to protect others from theft and distress, even when not personally affected.

Refugee children’s chilling images of Syria conflict to go on show
(2 June 2015)
Drawings made by children displaced by the Syrian conflict showing their experiences of the war are to go on show as part of an exhibition organised by The University of Manchester in partnership with non-governmental organisation Watan.

Training teachers for deaf children gets a robotic helping hand
(12 May 2015)
Deaf education lecturers at The University of Manchester are using the Swivl robot in school classrooms in a UK first for teacher training.

Psychologists to help Dr Google
(7 May 2015)
Psychologists are to improve online health information on lung cancer after research showed that family members are more likely to search online to encourage loved ones to seek help.