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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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Doubt is Empathy, Trust is Apathy: A Review of Liar Game


By: Jessica Pu (Bugle Team)

You’ve just received a mysterious package from an obscure organization, along with a letter announcing that you’ve been shortlisted as a candidate for the Liar Game Tournament. You have no idea about what it is, but out of curiosity you open the package and find 1 million dollars. Confused, you find another letter informing you of an opponent who will try to take the 1 million from you and leave you in huge debt. Your opponent happens to be your favourite teacher from back in secondary school. What is your plan?

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Why Your Mom Hates Violent Video Games (And Why She Shouldn’t)

By: Helice Stratton (Bugle Team)

Asking people whether violent video games pass this violence onto their players generates some pretty heated answers. The general feelings of a lot people can be summed up by this viral advert for Electronic Arts’ Dead Space 2:

Lately opinions like this have become rather popular across news media and as an active gamer this tends to annoy me because I rarely see any scientific evidence to back up said opinions.

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Bridging the Gap #4: An Interview with Dr. Anna Hughes


Interviewer and Transcriber: Aleya Marzuki

Anna Hughes is a Teaching Fellow and researcher at the Faculty of Brain Sciences in UCL. Her research work primarily involves vision perception, where she employs several psychophysical techniques including eyetracking and monitoring.

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Bridging the Gap #3: An Interview with Dr. Rosalind Potts


Dr. Rosalind Potts is a researcher and Teaching Fellow at UCL based in Chandler House. Her area of interest is learning and memory, and her research aims to identify the conditions which make learning most effective.

Interviewer and Transcriber: Jessica Pu

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Bridging the Gap #2: An Interview with Dr. Frances Knight


Interviewer and Transcriber: Raphael Hofaecker 

Dr. Frances Knight is a researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Education in UCL. Her current field of work involves investigating the effects of disturbed sleep on the learning and behaviour of children with ADHD.

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Bridging the Gap #1: An Interview with Dr Antonia Hamilton


Dr Antonia Hamilton is a researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in UCL. Her research interests include applying models of motor control to action understanding and social cognition.

Interviewer: Aleya Aziz Marzuki ; Transcriber: Yulia Petrina

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‘Change is the only thing you can count on’: An interview with Professor Jill Paine


Interviewer: Diana Urlichich

Dr. Jill Waymire Paine is a professor of Organisational Psychology at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain.  She studies how leaders can strengthen follower engagement and commitment during change initiatives using targeted, deliberate, persuasive communication.  Her dissertation on this topic received the Susan G. Cohen Doctoral Research Award from the USC Marshall School of Business. Aside from her publications as an active researcher, Dr. Jill published a book entitled Organization Change: A Comprehensive Reader

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Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory: When the Past is Crystal Clear.


By Manying Lo (Bugle Team)

I remember the time my first tooth fell out. It was loosely hanging from my gums so my brother decided that it might be a good idea to tie a string around it and, well, I’ll let you guess the rest. Although this memory remains vividly in my mind, there are many events that I cannot remember clearly. Yet, if you are an individual with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM), then you’d be able to recall your past with incredible accuracy.

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The Science of Celebrity Worship


By Bridget Yu (Bugle Team)

After four Oscar nominations, Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won an Oscar! Congratulations Leo! I’m sure that all of you have come across the posts of different memes, photos or videos on social media, by Leo’s fans after he won the Oscar (believe me this is not another spam post). Undoubtedly, he has lots and lots of fans all over the world. Yet, how important is he in his fan’s eyes? Why do people go crazy about their idols?

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‘Room’ is where the heart is : Review of ‘Room’ – Emma Donoghue


By Leya George (Bugle Team)

A typical day for Jack: he wakes up with his Ma, who makes him breakfast, brushes his long hair, plays with him, watches TV with him, and answers all his questions. At night he sleeps in the cupboard; his Ma hides him there initially before Old Nick comes to visit. If he’s lucky, he’ll wake up next to Ma in the morning.

A typical day for Ma: she wakes up with her son Jack in the same bed she has been forced to sleep in for the past seven years. She goes through the rudimentary process of looking after Jack: feeding him, bathing him, putting aside the atrocities she has faced and continues to face. All so Jack can happily go about his daily life, exploring the world around him.

‘Room’ being the only world he has ever known.

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