Spread Germ Defence, not the virus!25 November 2020With Covid-19 infections still high and people preparing for Christmas gatherings, it is vitally important to try to reduce the spread of infection in people's homes as this is where infections are now most likely to be transmitted. Research suggests people who follow the advice from Germ Defence are less likely to catch flu or other viruses and less likely to pass it on to members of their household.
Analysis of Trump’s tweets reveals systematic diversion of the media10 November 2020President Donald Trump’s controversial use of social media is widely known and theories abound about its ulterior motives. New research published today in Nature Communications claims to provide the first evidence-based analysis demonstrating the US President’s Twitter account has been routinely deployed to divert attention away from a topic potentially harmful to his reputation, in turn suppressing negative related media coverage.
Launch of new neurodevelopmental and neurodiversity network2 November 2020A new regional network between the GW4 universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter has launched which will focus on research into neurodiversity and conditions such as ADHD and autism. It will draw on world-leading expertise across GW4, including the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at Bristol, the Wales Autism Research Centre at Cardiff, and Egenis research groups at Exeter. While supported by GW4 – a research alliance bringing together the four universities - the network hopes to generate engagement from other researchers, clinicians, the public, and third sector organisations from around the region.
Bristol researchers awarded Future Leaders Fellowships15 October 2020Dr Anya Skatova and three other Bristol researchers have been awarded UK Research and Innovation's (UKRI) prestigious Future Leaders Fellowships. The awards, designed to establish the careers of world-class research and innovation leaders across the UK to help them tackle major global challenges, are announced today [15 October] by Science Minister Amanda Solloway.
Handbook helps explain how best to combat misinformation14 October 2020With the current flood of misinformation and "fake news" undermining democracies around the world, a consensus document that summarises the science of debunking has been published by a team of 22 prominent researchers of misinformation and its debunking.
Top tips for combating lockdown weight gain 1 July 2020A study published this week, from the British Nutrition Foundation, examined how the pandemic has impacted on our activity levels and eating habits. The researchers found that the resulting stress, anxiety, tiredness and boredom of lockdown are the main causes of unhealthy eating and sedentary behaviour.
£48M MyWorld award will address key psychological questions about audience26 June 2020The University of Bristol had been awarded £46 million for a new project called MyWorld. The award will develop major new Research and Development (R&D) facilities and partnerships connecting regional creative industries and national partners with major global players including Netflix, Google, and Microsoft. A major strand in the program of work will be understanding audience experience and engagement.
From clickbait to transparency: Reimagining the online world15 June 2020Public opinion is largely shaped by online content people read and spread via social media. Major web platforms such as Google and Facebook serve as hubs, distributors, and curators; their algorithms help us navigate the online world but underlying the vast digital landscape is a sea of misinformation. In a new study, published in Nature Human Behaviour, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the University of Bristol, and Harvard Law School propose interventions to help users distinguish misinformation from fact and promote a more democratic internet with autonomy and transparency.
Black Lives Matter - School Statement5 June 2020Recent events have once again highlighted the terrible consequences of structural racism. Although much of the focus of attention following the tragic death of George Floyd has been on the United States and its response to the current situation, we are painfully reminded that structural racism exists in all societies and that we must guard against it. As a School, we stand in solidarity with victims of racism, sexism, and social and health injustice everywhere. We support the peaceful protests across the world in relation to the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Roll-out of coronavirus behaviour change website will help public transition to ‘new normal’11 May 2020An evidence-based, behaviour change website, already proven successful in reducing infection transmissions for seasonal and swine flu, has been rapidly redeveloped and adapted in response to coronavirus. The researchers behind ‘Germ Defence’ from the universities of Bristol, Bath and Southampton hope that the quick redevelopment of the site for COVID-19 will help the public to shift behaviours.
People more likely to choose a non-alcoholic drink when availability is greater6 May 2020People are more likely to choose non-alcoholic drinks if more of those drinks are available than alcoholic alternatives, a University of Bristol-led online experiment published today [6 May] in BMC Public Health has shown. These results could pave the way for increasing the availability of non-alcoholic options in pub and bars.
Alcohol use during pregnancy linked to offspring depression21 April 2020Children of mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may be at an increased risk of developing depression in late adolescence, according to new University of Bristol research. The study, which used data from 14,541 pregnant mothers in the 1990s, is published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
Five ways to create household harmony during lockdown27 March 2020As the nation grapples with public lockdown, the reality of all living under the same roof has taken on a whole new meaning. Cohabiting families, couples, and housemates across the country will be seeing rather more of each other for the foreseeable future, putting those relationships under unprecedented pressure.
New ‘Conspiracy Theory Handbook’ aims to minimise harmful conspiracy theories23 March 2020Given the unhelpful surge of conspiracy theories circulating regarding Covid-19, a new ‘Conspiracy Theory Handbook’ is published this week. The book summarises the scientific research into conspiracy theories: why people believe them, the traits of conspiratorial thinking, and how to counter them.
Undergraduates shine at national research event11 March 2020Today [11 March 2020], three undergraduate students from the University of Bristol will take part in a national event celebrating the best undergraduate research in the country.
Brilliant iridescence can conceal as well as attract24 January 2020A new study shows for the first time that the striking iridescent colours seen in some animals increase their chances of survival against predators by acting as a means of camouflage. Rather than reveal it seems these dynamically changing shades are used to conceal, according to the University of Bristol study published today [23 January] in Current Biology.