Monthly Archives: May 2017

What can keep young people away from alcohol and cigarettes?


Despite smoking and drinking among very young people declining in recent years, there is still a lot of public health concern around the numbers of older children who are consuming alcohol and cigarettes. So what factors might prevent a young person from smoking and drinking in the first place? New research published in BMC Public Health shows that levels of happiness among children and awareness of the risks may be key to success.


Positive psychology, expressive writing and the confidence cult – BPS 2017

Rest By The Pier

In early May 2017, BMC Psychology attended the British Psychological Society annual conference, in Brighton, UK. The congress provided a platform for talks and sessions covering a wide range of topics in psychology with the three themes for the 2017 conference centering on Wellbeing, Looking Forward and Social Justice. Here we look back at some of the highlights of #bpsconf

Health Medicine Publishing

How apps can support people to moderate their drinking


With smart phones constantly at our finger tips, apps that promote and support health related behavioral changes, such as reducing alcohol intake, are a popular way for people to work towards a healthier lifestyle. But are these apps actually effective? This blog reports findings from a study, published today in BMC Public Health, of the Drinkaware: Track and Calculate Units app which is specifically designed to help people wanting to monitor and cut down on their drinking.

Health Technology

Nuptial gift content regulates sex opportunities in South American spiders

Spider blog 1

In many spider species, males provide gifts to females to encourage them to mate. Usually these gifts are food, providing an obvious nutritional benefit to females. However in the South American spider Paratrechalea ornata, male gifts are mostly worthless, with no nutritional value. In this guest blog Maria Albo discusses her new research, published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology, investigating how mating behaviour is affected when males come bearing false gifts.