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Psychology news highlights

Why sat-navs could drive you to distraction

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Anglia Ruskin psychologists show that visual scanning carries over between tasks

Psychologists have shown why checking devices such as sat-navs could have a negative effect on your driving.

The new research, to be published in the June edition of the journal Acta Psychologica, was carried out by psychologists from Anglia Ruskin University, Bournemouth University, the University of Salford and the University of Birmingham.

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Out of body illusion can tackle chronic pain

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Novel experiment reduces pain intensity by 37% amongst long-term sufferers

New research shows that inducing a virtual “out of body experience” can significantly reduce the intensity of chronic pain.

The study, which was carried out at Anglia Ruskin University by psychologist James Pamment and neuroscientist Dr Jane Aspell, is published today by the European Journal of Pain.

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Nature makes us happier about our bodies

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Research shows enjoying the natural environment improves body appreciation

A new study shows that spending time in nature is associated with more positive body image. The research, published by the journal Body Image and led by Viren Swami, Professor of Social Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, involved 399 adults (199 women and 200 men) aged between 19 and 76 years old.

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Research shows fears of LGBT people in London

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Prejudice, safety and poverty are key issues highlighted by Anglia Ruskin psychologists

Research published today presents a worrying picture for many LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) individuals accessing services in London.

The study, carried out by Dr Daragh McDermott and Dr Russell Luyt of Anglia Ruskin University’s Psychology Department and funded by the independent charity Trust for London, highlights serious issues around prejudice, safety and poverty.

Link between stress and conspiracy theories

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Research by psychologists indicates why some people are more likely to believe

New research shows that people who believe in conspiracy theories are more likely to be suffering from stress, or have experienced stressful events, than non-believers.

Led by Professor Viren Swami of Anglia Ruskin University and published by the journal Personality and Individual Differences, the study is the first to assess the relationship between psychological stress and belief in conspiracies.