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

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Latest releases

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.

Athena Swan Silver Success for the School of Psychological Sciences
(28 April 2015)
The Faculty's School of Psychological Sciences has gained an Athena Swan Silver Award as the University sees all of its fifteen STEMM Schools honoured for their commitment to the recruitment, retention and progression of women.

Lessons to be learned from Caribbean treatment of mental health
(23 April 2015)
With Caribbean people in the UK nine times more likely than white British counterparts to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, a University of Manchester mental health researcher has visited Jamaica and Barbados to find out what lessons can be learned.

Project to reduce violence in Panama City with improved parenting
(23 March 2015)
University of Manchester researchers have piloted a parenting trial which aims to improve child behaviour in Panama City – the place with the eighth highest murder rate in the world.

Manchester and Monash scientists share research funding awards
(16 March 2015)
International research collaborations to improve the health of pregnant women, prevent older people in hospital from having falls and enable early detection of hearing problems have all been awarded funding through a unique UK/Australian partnership.

Presentation is key in antenatal information, research suggests
(13 March 2015)
The font type of written text and how easy it is to read can be influential when it comes to engaging people with important health information and recruiting them for potentially beneficial programmes, new research by The University of Manchester and Leeds Beckett University has found.

Students find out why the mind matters at psychology event
(13 March 2015)
More than 200 secondary school pupils from Greater Manchester got hands-on with psychological sciences at The University of Manchester on 11 March in a series of lectures and demonstrations by psychology researchers.

New Vice-President and Dean announced for Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
(5 March 2015)
The University of Manchester has appointed Professor Ian Greer as the new Vice-President and Dean to lead the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences.

DVD for MRI scan patients leads to more successful scans and reduces anxiety
(13 February 2015)
A DVD designed to help people prepare for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan, including guidance on how to relax, has led to more successful scans. The patients receiving the DVD also felt less anxious during the scan says a paper published in the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Researchers investigating how stress can influence the appearance of our skin
(10 February 2015)
The University of Manchester is asking for volunteers to have the quality of their skin analysed by a high specification camera – which will reveal exactly how many lines and wrinkles they may have!