School of Psychology Research News
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World-first study investigates mobile phones and kid's sleep
Study investigates the effects of mobile phone emissions on the sleeping patterns of kids and teens.
Study probes effects of missing persons to help those left behind
Researchers at the University of Wollongong are seeking participants to help them explore the emotional processes people go through when a loved one goes missing.
Congratulations to Rodney Croft
Congratulations to Rodney Croft who was recently appointed Chair of the High Frequency Guidelines Project Group, within the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
ICNIRP is the peak international non-ionising radiation body, with their guidelines, for example, adopted by national health and safety agencies such as the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).
The Project Group is tasked with developing the new electromagnetic radiation guidelines for the 100 kHz to 300 GHz range, which includes that emitted from the ever-topical mobile communications devices such as Wi-Fi, mobile phones and base stations.
The last guidelines were published in 1998, which makes this a particularly important development for ICNIRP and a great indication of the contribution that our faculty's science is making to the community.
Congratulations Professor Frank Deane and Dr Peter Kelly
Congratulations to Professor Deane and Dr Kelly who have been awarded an IHMRI Collaborative Project Grant. The project is titled “Addressing problematic drinking of people living with severe mental illness: Feasibility of a peer delivered telephone intervention for people engaged with non-gov or gov funded health service”.
A team led by Frank Deane and Peter Kelly have also been awarded the Excellence in Research and Evaluation Award at the NSW Non-Government Alcohol and Other Drug Awards.
ACEBR Research Group – Prizes and Work
The ACEBR research group, led by Professor Rodney Croft, recently attended the Joint Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association.
PhD candidate Adam Verrender received 3rd prize for his presentation on the first study from his PhD, entitled “Pulse modulated radiofrequency exposure influences cognitive performance”.
Anna Dalecki also gave a very well received poster presentation based on some recent post-doctoral pilot work, “Testing the replicability of the effect of 14 Hz pulse modulated RF-EMF on EEG power in healthy adults: A pilot study”.
Well done Adam and Anna.
Well-Earned Award for Psychology’s Sarah Loughran
It’s a great pleasure to announce that the School of Psychology’s Dr Sarah Loughran has received the 2016 European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA) Chiabrera Award. This is one of only two international awards in the bioelectromagnetics research area (the other, the d’Arsonval Award, being for senior researchers), and recognises the strongest contribution to bioelectromagnetics from researchers up to the age of 35. This comes on the heels of receiving an Early Career Scientist award recently at the International Non-Ionising Radiation Workshop in Cape Town.
Sarah has a strong research program addressing issues relevant to human sleep, including effects of psychosocial and environmental factors on sleep, and effects of sleep on psychological function. Of particular relevance to the Chiabrera Award is her work addressing the potential link between radiofrequency emissions (such as those from mobile phones and base stations) and human health, where her work has established a consistent pattern of effects of mobile phone-like radiation on brain function during sleep. Her work in this area is now focused on determining the relative importance of this effect in children and adolescents (is it more/less pronounced in the young, and is it important to health), as well as uncovering the mechanism responsible for it.
Other research currently underway in her laboratory includes the effect of ‘screen-time’ on sleep function (including its radiofrequency and optical radiation, as well as its behavioural dimensions), and the effect of mild sleep deprivation on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Sarah will be giving an acceptance presentation in Belgium in June at BioEM2016; we wish her the best for this and for her future research!
Body Movement Can Boost Children’s Learning
A recent UOW study found that children who enacted foreign language words through whole-body movements performed better at the end of the course.