Media Archive

Do you see what I see? New research says you do

18 July 2017

Where other people are looking can influence our own way of seeing the world, new research at the UNSW School of Psychology has found.

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Why bad moods are good for you: the surprising benefits of sadness

15 May 2017

Homo sapiens is a very moody species. Even though sadness and bad moods have always been part of the human experience, we now live in an age that ignores or devalues these feelings. 

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5 Ways Sadness is Good for You

1 May 2017

Scientia Professor Joe Forgas contributed to the following article explaining how Scientists are finding out how sadness works in the brain—and they're discovering that it can confer important advantages. 

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Arachnophobia researchers want to know why women are more likely to be terrified of spiders

11 April 2017

Women are much more likely to be arachnophobes than men and researchers at UNSW are trying to work out why. 

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Worried about shark attacks or terrorism? Here's how to think about the real risk of rare events

5 April 2017

The world can feel like a scary place. Shark attacks, Zika virus and more. However, despite their tragic outcomes, these events are all extremely rare.

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Award: Australia’s highest honour for UNSW trauma expert

16 June 2016

UNSW Scientia Professor Richard Bryant, a world expert in the mental health of people affected by adversity and trauma, has received Australia’s highest accolade in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours.

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Grants: UNSW tops the state in industry-linkage grants

10 May 2016

School of Psychology researchers have performed strongly to help UNSW secure the highest level of funding in NSW in the latest round of federal government’s industry-linked research projects scheme.

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Website: UNSW launches program to help refugee men overcome mental health stigma

19 April 2016

A new website will help traumatised refugee men overcome the stigma associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and encourage them to seek help.

'Tell Your Story’ is the first program of its kind and was developed following research that found the prevalence of PTSD in refugees is five times higher than the general population in Australia.

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EPIC vision

14 March 2016

UNSW’s Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre (EPIC) program will launch with 10 groundbreaking medical and mental health research projects, known collectively as M+. Among them, UNSW Psychology’s Professor Simon Killcross will tackle the visualisation of mental illness, including phobias and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, to help clinicians better understand their patients.

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FactCheck: Does eating chocolate improve your brain function?

3 March 2016

You won’t be able to rely on the findings of a new study to justify your chocolate binges, writes Amy Reichelt.

Everyone loves a study that turns one of our favourite vices into a health benefit. Recent news headlines tell us “eating chocolate improves brain function” and that it “could help protect against normal age-related decline”.

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