Video Games Make You Violent? Science Begs To Differ…

Video games are to blame for school shootings – not easy access to guns. I probably don’t need to tell you who said that earlier this year but he is far from alone in that opinion. Scores of vocal critics have spoken out against the tyranny of violent video games and how they are to…

Are psychologists tackling the replication crisis head on?

Replication is crucial for any science. If you can’t repeat an experiment and get the same – or similar – results, then you need to be asking why. This forms the centre point of the replication crisis within psychology. Broadly speaking, the crisis has brought to light a lack of replicability of early results. This…

A Brief Intermission

So, this week’s blog post may seem like a bit of a cop-out, but normal service shall return next week – I promise! I may have another article to share next week which I can shamelessly plaster here too (lucky devils you). In case you hadn’t guessed already I am interested in sleep. I stumbled…

Is Sleep Loss Priming Us to See Food in a Different Light?

We’ve all been there. You’ve had a late night and the following day you find yourself lunging for the chocolate and crisps conveniently located on the office snack table (and don’t tell me you don’t have one). We convince ourselves this is just to get us through the fatigue and mild irritation which comes with…

How can escaping into virtual reality improve healthcare?

You slowly creep towards the door while being acutely aware that the slightest sound will get you caught. As you reach for the handle and steadily open the large wooden door you hear a slight creak. Suddenly, the expansive and exposed wall to your right explodes in a flurry of shrapnel, wallpaper and dust. A…

How Might Escaping Technology Help Improve Our Sleep Problems?

Besides infancy, we don’t initially think of sleep as a big problem in childhood. Yet, a slew of recent articles have highlighted that insomnia and other sleep problems are not simply an issue of adulthood. A BBC Panorama documentary released last week commented on the surge in problems with sleep in children. Although there were a…

What Have Fairy Tales Got to Do With Sleep Medicine?

“Fairy tales? That’s the best you could think of to drag people in?” “What’s wrong with it? It’s accurate…” “I dunno man, you used to be all about the science. Now this feels all click-bait territory *shudders*” “…” By fairy tales, I am of course referring to sleeping beauty. Not a champion of feminist thought,…

Juggling sleep with work: what are the long-term effects?

It’s 6am again. The unrelenting tone from your bedside table reminds you it’s time to roll out of your duvet cocoon and get ready to face the working world. You swat your shrieking phone as it gets louder and more persistent. A quick swipe of the screen and you notice the day. It’s Friday. A…