Media Activity

Media Activity

Below are the latest media and public engagement activities of BAP members:

Chris Alford
BBC Radio 5 Live Drive Time - Alcohol Hangover
Chris Alford was talking with Anna and Chloe on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive Time about alcohol hangovers following the recent publication of a study showing that whether beer or wine was drunk first had no effect on the resulting hangover. Key points included the negative impact of alcohol hangover – which includes both safety and economic consequences. How hangover sensitivity can very between individuals, but that the more you drink the more likely you are to suffer from hangover – it is nature’s way of telling us that we are damaging ourselves and so drinking in moderation is best. The mechanism of action of alcohol was outlined – how it effects of a range of neurotransmitters in our brain, and this can help us feel more social, but when taken in excess it can impact memory and when the effect wears-off the rebound can make us feel more anxious. The impact of congeners was mentioned – how the additives put in some drinks can increase a hangover. Some new developments to develop artificial or synthetic alcohol equivalents that lack some of the harmful effects were also covered.
8th February 2019

Stephen Lawrie
Film and Mental Illness
Stephen Lawrie, Chair of Psychiatry and Neuro-Imaging and Head of the Division of Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, talks about the portrayal of mental illnesses on film
21st January 2019

Mitul Mehta
MDMA Increases Cooperation and Recruitment of Social Brain Areas When Playing Trustworthy Players in an Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma
Mitul and his team found that participants on MDMA were more willing to cooperate than those given the placebo. Covered by: Live Science, Wired, Vice (German), IFL Science, CTV News.
9th January 2019

Ciara McCabe
Standing up for Science Workshop: Wellcome Collection Sense about Science
Ciara was on the science panel at the Standing up for Science Workshop at the Wellcome Collection in London giving advice to young scientists about how to interact with the media to aid accurate reporting of research findings
14th November 2018

Barbara Sahakian
Brain training app helps reduce OCD symptoms
A ‘brain training’ app developed at the University of Cambridge could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) manage their symptoms, which may typically include excessive handwashing and contamination fears.
23rd October 2018