Surrey Psychology Blog

The blog of the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey

New Mumsnet survey of working mothers supports Surrey research findings

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has come out in support of working mums, arguing that businesses need to “dramatically change” their working practices to prevent mothers feeling “shoved aside” when they return to work. Clegg’s comments were inspired by a new survey by website Mumsnet, showing that 60% of mums feel less employable when they […]


New paper: second language learners show same brain responses to prosody as native speakers

Is there a “critical period” early in life for learning a second language? It has often been claimed that you need to learn a second language very early in life in order to become as proficient as a native speaker. However, in a new piece of research, Bertram Opitz and colleagues have demonstrated that people […]


New paper from Brain and Behaviour research group leader reviewing the potential of mobile electroencephalography (EEG)

Mobile electroencephalography (EEG) is an exciting new technology which lets us measure electrical brain activity outside the laboratory, i.e. in everyday settings. This provides huge potential for applied brain research which can be conducted in everyday life situations. This paper forms part of a special issue on the challenges and opportunities mobile EEG technology brings […]


New paper: Is sugar good for your cognition?

Is sugar good for your cognition? Elevated blood glucose levels slow people down on a difficult task. When you’re feeling sluggish at your desk in the mid-afternoon and you reach for a sugary snack, think again: Anecdotally, sugar intake is linked to both positive and negative outcomes in terms of cognitive performance (think energy drinks vs. […]


New Paper: Hoody, goody or buddy? How travel mode affects social perceptions in urban neighbourhoods

Dr Birgitta Gatersleben, Dr Niamh Murtagh and Emma White have a new paper published in the journal Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour examining how travel mode affects social perceptions in urban neighbourhoods. Dr Gatersleben said about the paper: Consider the following scenario: ‘An urban road passes alongside a park. Three youths are […]


New paper: Brain stimulation experiment reveals brain area involved in controlling imitation

Imitating other people can be important for social interaction, but we have to get the balance right: too much imitation can lead people to feel uncomfortable. Previous brain imaging studies have suggested that there may be specific brain areas involved in controlling the tendency to imitate. Now researchers in the School of Psychology have demonstrated […]


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