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Goalkeepers prone to ‘gambler’s fallacy’ but penalty takers fail to exploit it

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French penalty against Uraguay in the 2013 U-20 World Cup final

After a string of penalties aimed in the same direction, goalkeepers are more likely to dive in the opposite direction on the next penalty but kickers fail to exploit this pattern, finds new UCL research.

A tribute to Professor Sir Peter Hall (1932-2014)

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Professor Sir Peter Hall

Today we received with sadness the news of the passing of our dear colleague, friend, and outstanding planner and academic, Professor Sir Peter Hall. Please find a tribute to Professor Sir Peter Hall, written by Professor Matthew Carmona (UCL Built Environment), commemorating his life and career below:

The bit of your brain that signals how bad things could be

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The human habenula (in red, 3 mm diameter), in which activation tracked the degree to which electric shocks were anticipated

An evolutionarily ancient and tiny part of the brain tracks expectations about nasty events, finds new UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council.

Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles

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Tiger Swallowtail

Invertebrate numbers have decreased by 45% on average over a 35 year period in which the human population doubled, reports a study on the impact of humans on declining animal numbers. 

Gene variant linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism

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Depression

A rare gene variant discovered by UCL scientists is associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism, confirms new research.

Partners of miscarriage sufferers ‘ignored’

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Partners Too

The partners of women who miscarry often feel invisible, ignored and sidelined during and after miscarriage – and unable to talk about their own feelings of loss and pain – according to new findings from UCL and the Miscarriage Association.

Mobile games used for psychology experiments

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Psychology_app2

Initial findings from one of the largest cognitive science experiments ever conducted have shown that mobile games can be used to reliably address psychology questions, paving the way to a better understanding of how cognitive function differs across populations.

Pre-diabetes label ‘unhelpful and unnecessary’

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Blood tests are used to check for type 2 diabetes

Labelling people with moderately high blood sugar as pre-diabetic is a drastically premature measure with no medical value and huge financial and social costs, say researchers from UCL and the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota.

Drink less for a healthier heart

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Drinking wine

A reduction in alcohol consumption, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, could be linked to improved cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index and blood pressure, according to new research published in the BMJ.

'World's slowest Doppler effect' found in embryo development

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Doppler

Long-term time-lapse microscopy has elicited surprise findings about the rhythm of body segment formation during embryo development.

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