UCL in the media
In a 2017 study led by Dr Helen Ling (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology), post-mortem examinations on brains of six former footballers who had dementia found four of them had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head injuries.
An inability to distinguish between confidence and competence, our love of charisma, and our tendency to back ‘grand visions’ are all reasons why we vote the wrong people into office, explains professor Tomas Chamorro Premuzic (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology).
Decriminalising cannabis for personal use would not lead to higher rates of mental illness, and changing the debate from one of zero tolerance to one of harm reduction would be beneficial, argues Professor Valerie Curran (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology).
Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs and about 75 per cent of Earth’s species 66 million years ago, explains Professor Paul Bown (UCL Earth Sciences).
The single-celled organism which first engulfed another to form the building blocks of complex life has been recreated, heralding “the first step in learning about the group that gave rise to complex life,” explains Professor Nick Lane (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment).