Frauds, fear of failure and finances: The mental health problem in academia

By Lauren Revie   Mental health is a hot topic at the moment – and it is about time. Around 1 in 6 adults will experience anxiety or depression (Mental Health Foundation, 2016), with the number of people recognising suicidal thoughts increasing drastically (McManus et al., 2016). However, as a response to this growing problem,…

Learning to make healthier food choices

By Sophie Waldron  Edited By Jonathan If you haven’t already, read Sophie’s first article ‘Learn, eat, repeat: how food advertising works’! You are sitting down at a desk and a huge burger comes floating towards you. It gets bigger and bigger as it advances, faster and faster. Luckily, you know what you have to do. Don’t press anything…

Learn, eat, repeat: how food advertising works

By Sophie Waldron  Edited By Jonathan You woke up late and ate breakfast late. Thing is, now it’s noon and you are hungry again. How can you be hungry when you only ate an hour ago? When interacting with our environment, we form associations between items that occur together. This occurs with food, for example…

Perceptions of mental illness: The media and mental health.

Written by Rae  Edited by Jonathan You wouldn’t blame someone with breast cancer or cystic fibrosis for their disease, would you? We know they are caused by impaired biological mechanisms. Lifestyle choices can exacerbate risk but there is less stigma associated with suffering from a ‘physical’ rather than mental illness.  With both types of illness stigma stems…

Sport on the brain; when do the risks outweigh the benefits?

Written by Catherine Foster Edited by Jonathan and Rachael  You’re likely to have come across articles citing evidence that physical fitness and sport participation benefits cardiovascular and brain health1. Active lifestyles reduce the risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and stroke. Physical activity has also been shown to reduce inflammation, depression, cerebral…

There is more than one scientist

Article edited by Jonathan Fagg  The word ‘scientist’.. Why do we use this umbrella term? What do the words scientist, physicist, consilience, catastrophism, uniformitarian, ion, anode and cathode all have in common? Well, the late William Whewell, a wordsmith and polymath, created them, often suggesting them to scientists when they had made a discovery. As well as the many scientific…