Misophonia: Supersensitive brain connection explains why some people hate the sound of others eating
27 May 2021
A new study has identified abnormal communication between areas of the brain that process sound, and those that represent movement of the face, mouth and throat as the cause of misophonia (a common disorder in which certain sounds such as chewing or breathing trigger a distressing emotional reaction) for the first time.
Blog: Is there a happiness equation? Here’s how we’re trying to find out
26 May 2021
Happiness is different for everyone in ways that scientists don’t yet understand, but smartphone app The Happiness Project is helping to build a better picture of what makes us happy, Robb Rutledge writes in The Conversation.
Decision-making ability in young people is independent of IQ
24 May 2021
Young people have a general decision-making ability, distinct from IQ, which is associated with good social function, and may be linked to poor mental health, finds a new study led by UCL and Karolinska Institutet researchers.
Replaying previous experiences in the brain helps us link past rewards to possible future decisions
21 May 2021
Cells in the brain replay previous events to help predict the outcome of possible future experiences, according to a recent study by researchers at the UCL – Max Planck Centre for Computational Psychiatry, and Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging.
Blog: Dementia Action Week - Q&A with Dr. Jonathan Huntley
20 May 2021
Over 80,000 people in the UK have severe dementia. At UCL, Dr. Jonathan Huntley is pioneering a new study to explore how people with severe dementia experience the world around them, and how awareness changes as dementia progresses. Alongside, he is working on a project to integrate these ideas into a dramatic film script, which will ultimately drive future research into self-awareness in dementia.
Blog: Mental Health Awareness Week - Q&A with Nadine Dijkstra
13 May 2021
For this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the Centre’s Wellbeing Champion, Nadine Dijkstra discusses her feelings towards mental health awareness, how her research in the Metacognition team relates to mental health and illness, and her best tips for looking after your own wellbeing.
Third annual Public Engagement Awards celebrate staff members’ exceptional commitment to public engagement at the Centre
12 May 2021
Three awards have been presented at an online ceremony to recognise outstanding contributions to the strong culture of public engagement at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging
Centre wins grant for new project exploring dementia within Parkinson’s disease
28 April 2021
A project focused on supporting dialogue and raising awareness of dementia within the Parkinson’s community has been funded by a Wellcome Research Enrichment – Public Engagement grant.
Blog: Embedding a culture of public engagement
21 April 2021
Since 2018, the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging have been running a long-term culture change study on the attitudes and perceptions of staff towards public engagement. In 2020, the study found that the culture of public engagement remains strong and is something the Centre and the public engagement team should be truly proud of.
Dr Tobias Hauser awarded FENS-Kavli Scholarship for scientific excellence, originality, and leadership in neuroscience
21 April 2021
Dr Tobias Hauser, Principal Investigator of the Developmental Computational Psychiatry team at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, has been selected as a 2021 Scholar of the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence. He will work alongside other early-career investigators to improve and promote neuroscience research across Europe.