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28 September 2012: Memory load leaves us 'blind' to new information


Trying to keep an image we’ve just seen in memory can leave us blind to things we are ‘looking’ at, according to the results of a study by researchers at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.
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28 September 2012: Hearing brains are ‘deaf’ to disappearance of sounds

Our brains are better at hearing new and approaching sounds than detecting when a sound disappears, according to a study by researchers at the UCL Institute. The findings could explain why parents often fail to notice the sudden quiet from the playroom that usually accompanies the onset of mischief.
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26 September 2012: Targeted health support needed for those with lower IQs

Targeted health support is necessary for people with lower IQs according to new research which shows that they are unhappier and more likely to have poorer health than people with higher IQs.  More...

21 September 2012: UCL dementia scientists benefit from £1.5m charity funding boost

Dementia scientists at UCL are set to gain from a funding boost after Alzheimer’s Research UK committed a record amount of money to new research projects. More...

18 September 2012: Toxic protein build-up in blood shines light on fatal brain disease

A new light-based technique for measuring levels of the toxic protein that causes Huntington’s disease (HD) has been used to demonstrate that the protein builds up gradually in blood cells. Published today (17th) in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the findings shed light on how the protein causes damage in the brain, and could be useful for monitoring the progression of HD, or testing new drugs aimed at suppressing production of the harmful protein. More...

17 September 2012: Dark energy camera records first images

Eight billion years ago, rays of light from distant galaxies began their long journey to Earth. On 12 September, that ancient starlight found its way to a mountaintop in Chile, where the newly-constructed Dark Energy Camera, the most powerful sky-mapping machine ever created, captured and recorded it for the first time. More...

14 September 2012: Pan-European study confirms link between work stress and heart disease

People who have highly demanding jobs and little freedom to make decisions are 23 per cent more likely to experience a heart attack compared with their counterparts without such work stress, according to a study of nearly 200 000 people from seven European countries. More...

13 September 2012: UK’s first Cyber Security Institute to be based at UCL

A new academic research institute to improve understanding of the science behind the growing Cyber Security threat was announced today by the government. More...

10 September 2012: French Embassy funds postdoc workshops

The French Embassy has funded a series of UCL collaborative postdoctoral research workshops on topics in science or technology. More...

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