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Psychology in the media

Behind every media story is some kind of human interaction. In some shape or form, Psychology is always in the news, in the press, on TV and on the internet, and always reaching new audiences.

Reaching new audiences
Reaching new audiences

Here are a selection of recent coverage of the research work that we do here at Southampton University. You can also find out more about the impact of our research.

Eyes studied for airport safety and dyslexia
Recently, researchers from the Centre for Vision and Cognition featured on BBC South (link to the video is on the right of the page). In the first part of the video, Professor Nick Donnelly describes how eye movements are being recorded and examined to aid airport security. The second part is about what eye movement recordings can tell us about the everyday activity of reading, and how eye movement patterns may be able to tell us more about the common developmental reading disorder dyslexia. This section features both Professor Simon Liversedge, and also a young dyslexic volunteer who had his eyes tracked during reading.

In 2011, a team from Psychology were been selected to present the airport security research at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. The exhibition was titled: Guns, knives, and bombs: spotting weapons in baggage x-rays.

It's official - nostalgia is good for you
Were the skies always more blue, and the grass more green? Researchers Constantine Sedikides and Tim Wildschut are specialists in nostalgia - As they explain in interviews at the New York Times, visit link below.

Most of us recognise that things were not always perfect in the past.  But a positive focus on times gone by can help us deal better with the present and the future.

For example, nostalgia makes people feel connected to others and supported by others. It also makes them feel that their lives are richer or more meaningful. Last, but not least, nostalgia makes people feel more optimistic about the future.

The message is: don't throw away those rose-tinted glasses.  Nostalgia is good for you.

In the media

Research on eye movements could make airport baggage screening more effective.

Eyes studied for airport safety video 

Nostalgia is much more than just a pleasant trip down memory lane.

It’s official - Nostalgia is good for you

and The Guardian


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it’s official – Nostalgia is good for you’ – so don’t throw away those rose tinted glasses just yet – as reported in an interview in the Guardian - nostalgia makes people feel connected to others, supported by others, enriches their lives making them more meaningful, and, makes people feel more optimistic about the future

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