Why Do We Sleep?

Lets start with the basics, what is it that makes us sleepy? Makes our heads drop off during lectures, texts left unread ’til the morning and afternoon naps such an essential… It starts with a substance called Adenosine, a by-product of the use of ATP in our bodies day to day chemical reactions. As soon…

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Spooky goings on in Psychology!

Given that it is Halloween, it seems only right to discuss some recent psychology experiments relating to potential paranormal phenomenon! Can ‘psychics’ sense information others can’t? Today Merseyside Sceptics Society published the results of a ‘Halloween psychic challenge’. They invited a number of the UK’s top psychics* to attempt to prove their abilities under controlled…

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The dangers of self-report

A common methodology in behavioural science is to use self-report questionnaires to gather data. Data from these questionnaire can be used to identify relationships between scores on the variable(s) that the questionnaire is assumed to measure and either performance on behavioural tasks, physiological measures taken during an experiment, or even scores obtained from other questionnaires…

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