Tag : Michelle Heinrich

Losing a language – a war of attrition

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Linguists describe the languages we’ve learnt from birth, and throughout our teenage years, as our native language, native tongue or mother tongue. You have probably heard these expressions before, however in linguistics – the study of language – a person’s native language is referred to as L1. As we grow … Read More

Psychological Supermarket Sweep

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You may have never given it a thought, but supermarkets spend an extensive amount of time planning the layout of their stores. It’s no accident that we find ourselves wandering around, trying to find the one item that we came in for and which seems to have moved around magically. … Read More

Anti-sceptic: The truth behind germs

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Sometimes we do not know what is best for us. Many of us have been told that the cleaner we are, the better it is for us. Recent studies have shown the opposite to be true. Germs, including bacteria and viruses, can be found everywhere: in our hair, on our … Read More

Language: Is it innate or learned?

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Language is a cognitive skill essential to human communication.Without language as a means of communication, life would be very different.  In linguistics there has been a long standing debate as to whether language is innate or learnt. To this date, the nature versus nurture debate has proved controversial, with evidence … Read More

Mind Matters – The confusion of diagnosis

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A recent study on the biological mechanisms of psychiatric disorders has revealed that schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and major depression share several biological mechanisms. The study attracted 60,000 participants and was a collaboration between hundreds of scientists from UCLA, King’s College London, Cardiff University, Harvard and MIT working together under … Read More

How do hurricanes form?

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Last Friday Bermuda had to face winds with speeds up to 110mph when hurricane Gonzalo hit its shores. The remnants of the hurricane reached Ireland  on Monday night and will clear its way through the East coast of Great Britain at speeds of 70 mph right  through to tonight (Wednesday). … Read More

The psychology of pyramid schemes: How the scammers get their way

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The nationwide phone fraud affecting university students nationwide made it to the front page in last week’s issue of The Gryphon. Students were promised a £50 reward and a monthly income in exchange for taking out mobile phone contracts in their name. Those phones were sent on to unknown companies but … Read More

Features | Making the most of your revision time

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With exam season well and truly upon us it seems that everyone has their own opinion on how to formulate the most air-tight revision strategy. Some make use of the 24 hour opening times at the Edward Boyle library, others prefer to study at home or with friends. Wherever you … Read More

Features | Miley Cyrus – Yay or Nay?

5 years ago / 0 comments

From the shaven hair to the twerking, everyone is always talking about Miley Cyrus. Her new image is a far cry from her Hannah Montana days, but are her new ‘rebellious’ ways a good or a bad thing?   Yay So far I must have clearly failed to notice the … Read More

Features | Top ten things to do after exams

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1. Relax and recover from all the exam stress by taking a nice hot bath. No matter how often your parents and friends told you “You’ll be fine!” writing exams is not a walk through the park. For most of us it is stressful and we are full of anxiety … Read More