News and events from the Psychological Sciences Research Group (PSRG)

Keep up-to-date with news and events related to the Psychological Sciences Research Group (PSRG). 

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31 January 2019: Dr Nicola Holt explores the therapeutic value of the arts in fostering well-being. Read our blog to learn more about her recent research and the new multi-disciplinary special interest research group within the Promoting Psychological Health (PPH) theme of PSRG called DRAW:  Developing Research on the Arts and Well-being.

30 January 2019: Professor Matthijs Bal looks into the neoliberal ideologies in the workplace, exploring the fantasies that drive us. View the PowerPoint slides from his talk.

17 December 2018: Dr Gary Christopher explores the psychological benefits of nostalgia, in particular, nostalgic recall for people suffering from dementia. Read more about his research into nostalgia on our blog.

16 November 2018: Dr Miles Thompson looks into the definition of resilience and possible issues around both promoting and questioning resilience in children. Read more about this on our blog.

2 November 2018:  Josh Lee, a second year psychology student at UWE Bristol, looks back at his undergraduate internship with the Psychological Sciences Research Group (PSRG). Read about Josh's research experience at UWE Bristol.

14 September 2018: Contribute to a session on "Community psychology perspectives on student mental health" at the fourth annual UK Community Psychology Festival in Hertford (23-24 September 2018), curated by three members of the PSRG. Read more about this on our blog.

7 September 2018: Dr Gamze Arman joins UWE Bristol as a Lecturer in Occupational Psychology. Find out more about Dr Arman's research interests and specialisms.

1 August 2018: Dr Emma Halliwell discusses the therapeutic value of yoga in promoting psychological and physical health. Her research, done in collaboration with a yoga teacher, Sam Burkey, is an evidence-based approach which integrates evidence from academic literature, classic teachings and professional experience. Read more about her findings on our blog.

Past events

Rob Parker, former international rugby league player, talked about recovery from addiction to pain medication

The talk, organised by the MSc in Sports and Exercise Psychology team, along with the Psychologically Informed Environments and Interventions (PIEaI) theme of the Psychological Sciences Research Group, was a very well attended event.

Staff and students had the opportunity to hear Rob share his experiences of his elite athletic career, and an in-depth account of his addiction and recovery.

Rob is a former international rugby league player who represented England, Warrington Wolves and Bradford Bulls during his career. He won two Super League medals, the Challenge Cup and the World Club Challenge during his career, but the physical toll of rugby league meant that he had suffered a number of serious injuries that threatened the longevity of his career.

In an attempt to keep playing and training, Rob began to rely on prescription opioid pain medication to overcome the effects of these injuries and keep him on the field. Unfortunately, this reliance led to a fully-formed addiction which he battled for five years. After a challenging but successful recovery, Rob is now able to raise awareness of the risks of addiction to painkillers, especially in sport.  

Science Communication Online and Media Writing course

Online and Media Writing was a short online course designed to equip participants with the skills they needed to write about science and communicate clearly with non-scientists.

From identifying a story in a piece of research to shaping the material into engaging text, this course offered a comprehensive insight into science writing. The online course was available from 24 April 2017 to 2 July 2017.


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