Media Archive

Climate change and the tyranny of psychological distance

15 September 2020

With last summer’s bushfires largely out of the headlines, has the psychological distance people might feel towards climate change increased?

UNSW Sydney’s Professor Ben Newell has been researching climate change psychology for a decade and his work focuses on how to tackle the preconceived notions people have which cloud their decision-making in the face of an uncertain future.

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No wonder isolation’s so tiring

5 May 2020

Anxiety, depression, loneliness and stress are affecting our sleep patterns and how tired we feel.

But we may be getting tired for another reason. All those tiny decisions we make every day are multiplying and taking their toll.

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Overcoming stigma on World Mental Health Day

10 October 2019

World Mental Health Day, held annually on 10 October, is an opportunity to bring conversations about mental health to the foreground.

It’s also a chance to highlight the work and achievements of those working to improve community mental health, whether it be through improving access to professional support, reducing stigma surrounding mental health, or researching implications of poor mental health.

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UNSW and public schools help children with severe behavioural problems

6 June 2019

UNSW Sydney has partnered with a network of public primary schools and preschools in south-western Sydney to establish one of the world's first school-based clinics to provide evidence-based early intervention to young children with severe disruptive behaviour.

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Culture clubs: why sporting culture is vital for wellbeing

10 May 2019

When UNSW-ES Bulldogs president Stephen Dunkley arrived at the club, his initial impression was that it lacked the culture required to become successful. When he assumed the role of president in 2017, it was the first issue he addressed.

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Panic attacks tackled in one-week intensive online therapy

23 January 2019

Scientists from UNSW Science’s School of Psychology and St. Vincent’s Hospital are leading world-first research to learn more about a novel therapeutic approach for people who suffer from panic attacks.

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Video game players exposed to graphic content may see the world differently

14 December 2018

People who frequently play violent video games are more immune to disturbing images than non-players, a UNSW-led study into the phenomenon of emotion-induced blindness has shown.

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PhD student Sandersan Onie appears on ABC Radio’s “The Science Show” to discuss mental health in Indonesia

10 December 2018

UNSW Psychology PhD student Sandersan Onie appeared on ABC Radio’s “The Science Show” with Robyn Williams to discuss his ongoing initiative to foster science-based psychological understanding and intervention within his home country of Indonesia.

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UNSW exhibit shows Sculpture by the Sea visitors the complexity of PTSD

18 October 2018

Sculpture by the Sea, one of the world’s biggest outdoor sculpture exhibitions, will this year feature a work exploring the complexity of mental illness through a video and sculpture created by a team at UNSW Sydney. 

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