School of Psychology and Exercise Science Research

Study helps vet mental health

April 18th, 2017

Veterinarians across Australia are being asked to fill out an anonymous survey on their mental health

A Murdoch University study is investigating why there is a high rate of suicide and mental health issues among veterinarians.

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Mobile music app offers new path for stroke rehabilitation

April 11th, 2017

A new study will investigate how an easy-to-use mobile phone could retrain the brains of stroke patients. Murdoch University neuroscientist Dr Ann-Maree Vallence is examining the effectiveness of GotRhythm, a mobile phone app which offers a simple individualised rehabilitation program.

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Spice a potential treatment for adolescent depression

March 30th, 2017

Murdoch University researchers are investigating whether the spice saffron could be used to treat depression and anxiety in adolescents.

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Improving mental health screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women and new mums

February 28th, 2017

Murdoch University will participate in a collaborative study aiming to improve the mental health of expectant and new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums living in remote communities.

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Fear of blushing could become a thing of the past

February 14th, 2017

Researchers at Murdoch University have been the first to investigate the underlying psychological mechanisms that leads to a fear of blushing.

Researchers at Murdoch University have been the first to investigate the underlying psychological mechanisms that leads to a fear of blushing. This research could greatly reduce the number of sufferers opting for nerve destroying surgery to treat blushing. For some people the fear of blushing, also known as Erythrophobia, is so intense they occasionally resort […]

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Sport is more than just fun for kids

November 17th, 2016

Child playing soccer

Taking part in organised sports like soccer appears to lower cardiovascular disease risk factors in children, Murdoch University and University of Southern Denmark researchers have found.

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Impact of mental health during pregnancy on infants examined

October 4th, 2016

Professor Megan Galbally

The impact of women’s mental health during pregnancy is the focus of a major collaborative study, examining whether maternal mental health has a detrimental impact on infant development and investigate factors that reduce the risk of harm.

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Opinion: Why we need to support Aboriginal women’s choice to give birth on country

June 15th, 2016

Professor Rhonda Marriott

In an article for The Conversation, Murdoch’s Professor of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Rhonda Marriott and her co-authors argue that getting maternity care right for Aboriginal women will be critical in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal babies.

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Improving perinatal outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

June 13th, 2016

Three investigators from Murdoch University’s School of Psychology and Exercise Science, will pilot an early intervention program which aims to close the gap in perinatal care between Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people, improving the outcomes for future generations.

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Stimulating the brain to stop people falling

May 11th, 2016

Dr Ann-Maree Vallence

Researchers at Murdoch University are using magnetic brain stimulation to help prevent people from falling over when they get older. The University has been awarded $410,000 in research funding for the project, which will use the non-invasive technique to identify and stimulate weakening structural connections in the brain. Falls are a major cause of injury […]

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