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November 2016

Exploring Paranoia: A Character Study of Trevor from The Machinist


By: Manying Lo (Bugle Team)

Edited by: Robert Vilkelis (Bugle Team)

The harmful effects of sleep deprivation (SD) have been well documented. In terms of cognition, SD can result in slowed response and a worse performance in cognitive tasks (Kerkhof, G & Van Dongen, 2010). However, the effects of sleep deprivation are actually less straightforward than originally believed, not all cognitive functions are affected to the same degree (Kerkhof, G & Van Dongen, 2010). For example, more complex tasks are less affected by SD, possible because they’re more engaging for participants who will put more effort into the task but despite this, decision making can still be affected (Harrison & Horne, 2000). Sleep-deprived individuals also report higher rates of physical complaints, anxiety, depression, and paranoia (Kathe-Greene, Killgore, Kamimori, Balkin, & Killgore, 2007).

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Frighteningly Fun: Why We Enjoy Being Scared


By: Nudrat Ahmed (Bugle Team)

Do you ever find yourself lying awake in one of your family members’ room, questioning what convinced you to watch that scary movie? What in the world were you thinking when you decided to deliberately put yourself in that vulnerable, frightening, (but oh-so-fun) position?

Psychology may have the answers.

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Trump and ‘Melting Pot America’: On Assimilation and Wellbeing


By: Emily Weigold (Bugle Team)

The results of the American election at the climax of an eventful campaign period caused great controversy, spreading alarm around the globe in response to Donald Trump’s extreme views on immigration. However, it is important to consider the meaning behind his discourse and how this could affect the lives of immigrants within American communities with regard to their psychological wellbeing.

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Laughter: A coping mechanism?


By: Bridget Yu (Bugle Team)

Reviewed by: Emma Keoy (Bugle Team)

When we are born, nurses will first make us cry to ensure we know how to breathe. Thus, perhaps crying is important to us. Alongside this, laughter may just be as important as crying. Laughter doesn’t just help us express our feelings but also has communicative functions, such as showing understanding, expressing playful intent or can even be used to relieve stress. Here’s the question ‘WHY do we laugh?’ Is it because we want to express our positive feelings? Do we laugh simply because others are laughing?

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‘Does Social Science Tell the Truth?’- My First Ever Lunch Hour Lecture


By: Elizaveta Karmannaya (Bugle Team)

Moderated by: Emma Keoy (Bugle Team)

Having only been here for three weeks I already realised that UCL (or uni in general, most likely) is the sort of place where fascinating additional learning opportunities happen every day, but if you want to be part of them you have to research them yourself. By pure chance I found out that UCL does free 40-minute lunch hour lectures. And not only are those open to both postgrad super-minds/PhD-holding geniuses, but also the lost-and-flustered-looking freshers like myself. If you’re someone interested in such a hidden gem, but were unable to attend, or would simply like to hear my much-less-professional re-telling of the story, read on!

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