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Our brain’s response to others' good news depends on empathy

The way our brain responds to others’ good fortune is linked to how empathetic people report themselves to be, according to new UCL-led research. More...

Published: Oct 8, 2015 11:52:00 AM

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UCL and UK supermarkets unite to beat dementia with carrier bag funds

UK supermarkets Iceland, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose have today pledged funds from the new levy on single-use carrier bags to support the construction of a new world class dementia research centre at UCL. More...

Published: Oct 5, 2015 1:21:01 PM

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UCL professor wins Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2015

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) has today been announced as the recipient of the 2015 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for her research on understanding emotional and social brain development during adolescence. The award will be presented on 4 December 2015, at an award ceremony at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. More...

Published: Oct 1, 2015 12:48:28 PM

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Islamist insurgency strongly influences where polio occurs

Islamist insurgency has had a strong effect on where polio cases occur since 2011, potentially as a reaction to the use of counterinsurgency strategies, according to new research led by UCL. More...

Published: Sep 30, 2015 2:28:15 PM

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Animals built of glass inspire art exhibition at the UCL Grant Museum

‘Glass Delusions’ is a new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL featuring works by the Museum’s Artist in Residence, Eleanor Morgan. Using prints, drawings, videos and objects Morgan explores the slippery boundary between living and non-living materials. More...

Published: Sep 29, 2015 1:04:42 PM


Having the ‘right’ connections only gets you so far

Working with a highly reputable corporate leader helps managers get promoted to senior positions in the short term, but such a career boost is balanced in the longer-term as competitive job markets, including professional sports, punish those managers who initially benefited. More...

Published: Sep 25, 2015 10:21:19 AM


How the Inuit adapted to Ice Age living and a high-fat diet

Greenland natives – the Inuit – have mutations in genes that control how the body uses fat which provides the clearest evidence to date that human populations are adapted to particular diets according to new UCL research. The genetic differences allow the Inuit to physically adapt to survive Arctic conditions and live healthily on a traditional diet which is rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from marine mammal fat. More...

Published: Sep 18, 2015 8:36:22 AM


England has the potential to have the lowest disease burden in the world

For the first time, a new study led by Public Health England (PHE) and authored by a number of UCL researchers, ranks the diseases and risk factors that cause death and disability in England compared with other high-income countries, revealing the nation’s potential to have the lowest total disease burden (years of life lost to death and lived with disability) in the world. More...

Published: Sep 15, 2015 4:48:00 PM

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Why other people's skin always feels softer

Have you ever touched someone else and wondered why his or her skin felt so incredibly soft? Well, now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on September 10 present evidence that this experience may often be an illusion. More...

Published: Sep 11, 2015 5:17:37 PM

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NFL fans and ESPN reporters overly optimistic about team prospects

US fans of the National Football League (NFL) and sports reporters assigned to specific teams have unrealistic expectations about how well their team will perform, finds new research from UCL and Oxford University. More...

Published: Sep 10, 2015 2:36:39 PM

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Possible evidence for human transmission of Alzheimer’s pathology

Amyloid beta pathology in the grey matter and blood vessel walls characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the related cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is observed in the brains of deceased patients who acquired Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) following treatment with prion-contaminated human growth hormone. More...

Published: Sep 10, 2015 11:30:16 AM

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Children of more caring, less controlling parents live happier lives

A UCL-led lifelong study of people in England, Scotland and Wales has found that those who perceived their parents as more caring and less psychologically controlling during their childhood were likely to be happier and more satisfied throughout their lives. More...

Published: Sep 4, 2015 12:09:06 PM

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UCL Qatar housing support allowance for staff

UCL has clarified issues raised by media coverage this week of payments of housing support allowance to staff at UCL Qatar. More...

Published: Sep 3, 2015 2:56:06 PM

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Antipsychotics inappropriately prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities

Large numbers of people with intellectual disabilities are being inappropriately prescribed antipsychotic drugs, finds a new UCL study. More...

Published: Sep 2, 2015 12:05:17 PM

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Scientists warn only ‘simplified’, degraded tropical forest may remain by end of century

A new and more dangerous phase of impacts on the world’s remaining tropical forests is emerging, threatening to simplify the world’s most diverse ecosystem including mass species loss, according to new UCL-led research published today in Science.  More...

Published: Aug 21, 2015 4:57:34 PM