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Problematic smartphone use linked to poorer grades, alcohol misuse and more sexual partners

04 July 2019

A survey of more than 3,400 university students in the USA has found that one in five respondents reported problematic smartphone use. Female students were more likely be affected and problematic smartphone use was associated with lower grade averages, mental health problems and higher numbers of sexual partners.

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Over half a million people take part in largest ever study of psychological sex differences and autistic traits

12 Nov 2018

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have completed the world’s largest ever study of typical sex differences and autistic traits. They tested...

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Gardeners and carpenters: the ‘skill’ of parenting

08 Nov 2018

Wanting your child to have the best chance in life is natural for any parent. But by focusing too much on the ‘skill’ of parenting, are we losing...

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Selective amnesia: how rats and humans are able to actively forget distracting memories

07 Nov 2018

Our ability to selectively forget distracting memories is shared with other mammals, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. The...

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Spotlight on children

01 Nov 2018

Welcome to our new ‘ Spotlight on children ’, a focus on research taking place at the University of Cambridge relating to children and childhood –...

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Brain training app helps reduce OCD symptoms, study finds

23 Oct 2018

A ‘brain training’ app developed at the University of Cambridge could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) manage their...

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Cambridge team develops technique to ‘listen’ to a patient’s brain during tumour surgery

16 Oct 2018

Surgeons could soon eavesdrop on a patient’s brain activity during surgery to remove their brain tumour, helping improve the accuracy of the...

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Many cases of dementia may arise from non-inherited DNA ‘spelling mistakes’

15 Oct 2018

Only a small proportion of cases of dementia are thought to be inherited – the cause of the vast majority is unknown. Now, in a study published today...

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Mental health disorders: risks and resilience in adolescence

10 Oct 2018

Deeper understanding of the wiring and rewiring of the adolescent brain is helping scientists pinpoint why young people are especially vulnerable to...

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European research network aims to tackle problematic internet use

09 Oct 2018

A pan-European network to tackle problematic internet usage officially launches today with the publication of its manifesto, setting out the...

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Electronic device implanted in the brain could stop seizures

29 Aug 2018

Researchers have successfully demonstrated how an electronic device implanted directly into the brain can detect, stop and even prevent epileptic...

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Women with polycystic ovary syndrome more likely to have a child with autism

01 Aug 2018

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely than other women to have an autistic child, according to an analysis of NHS data carried...

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Why we just can't stop eating: the complex truth behind obesity

23 Jul 2018

Obesity is often characterised as nothing more than greed and lack of willpower. The truth is far more complex.

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