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The psychology of stories

Dr Zoe Walkington from the School of Psychology and Counselling fronts a new BBC film which investigates the psychology of stories and reading. You may be surprised by the findings it reports. You can see the film here: https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/what-actually-happens-inside-us-when-we-read/p07h9t70?playlist=made-in-partnership-with-the-open-university

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A PhD in Psychology?

Last week Stephanie Taylor attended the School's conference for PhD students. Academic study implies a trajectory. First you study one module, then another, until eventually you’ve completed a qualification – probably a BA or BSc. At that point, most people have fulfilled their study goals. However it’s possible that you want to obtain a higher… Continue reading A PhD in Psychology?

Forensic Psychology, Psychology

Police photo lineups: how background colours can skew eye witness identification

Our Catriona Havard has a piece published in The Conversation today on police photo lineups: Identification parades can be powerful evidence in securing convictions in criminal cases. But eyewitness evidence is notoriously prone to errors – and organisations such as the Innocent Project have found out that 70% of wrongful convictions that were later exonerated had verdicts based on… Continue reading Police photo lineups: how background colours can skew eye witness identification