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The iconicity toolbox: Empirical approaches to measuring iconicity (2019)
Journal Article
Motamedi, Y., Little, H., Nielsen, A., & Sulik, J. (2019). The iconicity toolbox: Empirical approaches to measuring iconicity. Language and Cognition, 11(2), 188-207. https://doi.org/10.1017/langcog.2019.14

Growing evidence from across the cognitive sciences indicates that iconicity plays an important role in a number of fundamental language processes, spanning learning, comprehension, and online use. One benefit of this recent upsurge in empirical work... Read More

Antibiotic Resistance: Using Debates to Educate Young People (2019)
Journal Article
Berry, M., McNulty, C., Ridgway, A., Young, L., & Verlander, N. (in press). Antibiotic Resistance: Using Debates to Educate Young People. Journal of Infection Prevention,

The use of debating as an educational tool is increasing in popularity. Students who take part in debates can develop a range of skills such as confidence and communication and also gain a greater understanding of the topic discussed. This study eval... Read More

Visualising the invisible: Performing chaos theory (2019)
Journal Article
Weitkamp, E. (in press). Visualising the invisible: Performing chaos theory. Leonardo,

Edward Lorenz, the pioneering figure in the field of chaos theory coined the phrase "butterfly effect" and posed the famous question "Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?" In posing the question, Lorenz sought t... Read More

Understanding the effects of ‘behind-the-scenes’ tours on visitor understanding of collections and research (2019)
Journal Article
Wilkinson, C., & Gallimore, E. (2019). Understanding the effects of ‘behind-the-scenes’ tours on visitor understanding of collections and research. Curator: The Museum Journal, 62(2), 105-115. https://doi.org/10.1111/cura.12307

Collections can be a ‘mystery’ to many museum visitors, which makes investing in behind-the-scenes tours an opportunity for increasing awareness of the role museums play in scientific research. Drawing on the theories of contextual learning, situated... Read More

UWE BoxED: Empowering students in the 'real world' - providing responsible research and innovation opportunities through the BoxED project (2018)
Journal Article
Bourne, K., Wilkinson, C., Bancroft, M., Robinson, G., Noel, C., Varadi, A., …Lewis, D. (2018). UWE BoxED: Empowering students in the 'real world' - providing responsible research and innovation opportunities through the BoxED project. Higher Education Pedagogies, 3(1), 451-462. https://doi.org/10.1080/23752696.2018.1462098

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England, Bristol has been piloting a schools outreach project entitled BoxED (EDucation in a Box) since 2015. School activities are inspired from the research and teaching o... Read More

Iconicity in signed and spoken vocabulary: A comparison between American Sign Language, British Sign Language, English, and Spanish (2018)
Journal Article
Perlman, M., Little, H., Thompson, B., & Thompson, R. L. (2018). Iconicity in signed and spoken vocabulary: A comparison between American Sign Language, British Sign Language, English, and Spanish. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(1433), https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01433

Considerable evidence now shows that all languages, signed and spoken, exhibit a significant amount of iconicity. We examined how the visual-gestural modality of signed languages facilitates iconicity for different kinds of lexical meanings compared... Read More

The asteroid trillionaires (2018)
Journal Article
Glester, A. (in press). The asteroid trillionaires. Physics World, 31(6), 33. https://doi.org/10.1088/2058-7058/31/6/29

The race to the riches of asteroids is on, with several private companies vying for funding to become the first space miners. Andrew Glester digs into the issues involved in making money from asteroids.

Evaluation of an intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adolescents with chronic pain and their parents: A non-randomized clinical trial (2018)
Journal Article
Kemani, M., Kanstrup, M., Jordan, A., Caes, L., & Gauntlett-Gilbert, J. (2018). Evaluation of an intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adolescents with chronic pain and their parents: A non-randomized clinical trial. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43(9), 981-994. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsy031

Objective Parental factors are central in the development and maintenance of chronic pain in youths. Only a handful of studies have investigated the impact of psychological treatments for pediatric chronic pain on parental factors, and the relations... Read More

Developing a community of practice to support the space engineering higher education community (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Berthoud, L., & Glester, A. (2018, April). Developing a community of practice to support the space engineering higher education community. Paper presented at 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities: April 11-13 2018

The UK-based “Space Universities Network” (SUN) was formed in 2016 with the aim of enhancing the quality of learning and teaching by providing support and resources to the space science and engineering higher education community. The goal of this res... Read More

Boxed interim evaluation report March 2018 (2018)
Report
Bourne, K., Wilkinson, C., Varadi, A., & Lewis, D. (2018). Boxed interim evaluation report March 2018

BoxED is an outreach and widening participation initiative designed, developed and delivered by members of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. The scheme aims to provide inspirational an... Read More

Alter Egos: An exploration of the motivations, perspectives, and identities of science comic creators (2018)
Journal Article
Collver, J., & Weitkamp, E. (2018). Alter Egos: An exploration of the motivations, perspectives, and identities of science comic creators. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 17(1), 1-22. https://doi.org/10.22323/2.17010201

While academic interest in science comics has been growing in recent years, the creators of these materials remain understudied. This research aimed to explore the experiences and views of science comic creators within the context of science communic... Read More

Science journalism by a journalist for journalists (2018)
Journal Article
Ridgway, A. (2018). Science journalism by a journalist for journalists. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 17(1), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.22323/2.17010701

This book is a beginners’ guide to science journalism, explaining the 21st century journalistic process, from generating story ideas to creating multimedia content when the story’s written, taking in research and writing structures along the way. Whi... Read More

Conventionalisation and discrimination as competing pressures on continuous speech-like signals (2017)
Journal Article
Little, H., Eryılmaz, K., & de Boer, B. (2017). Conventionalisation and discrimination as competing pressures on continuous speech-like signals. Interaction Studies, 18(3), 352-375. https://doi.org/10.1075/is.18.3.04lit

Arbitrary communication systems can emerge from iconic beginnings through processes of conventionalisation via interaction. Here, we explore whether this process of conventionalisation occurs with continuous, auditory signals. We conducted an artific... Read More

Empirical approaches for investigating the origins of structure in speech (2017)
Journal Article
Little, H., Rasilo, H., van der Ham, S., & Eryılmaz, K. (2017). Empirical approaches for investigating the origins of structure in speech. Interaction Studies, 18(3), 330-351. https://doi.org/10.1075/is.18.3.03lit

In language evolution research, the use of computational and experimental methods to investigate the emergence of structure in language is exploding. In this review, we look exclusively at work exploring the emergence of structure in speech, on both... Read More

SiP 2017 panel: Speculations and concerns on robots’ status in society (2017)
Journal Article
Stengler, E., & Escudero Perez, J. (2017). SiP 2017 panel: Speculations and concerns on robots’ status in society. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 16(4),

Studying fictional depictions of robots and artificial intelligence in cinematographic science fiction narratives acquires a new level of relevance as legislators’ approaches to the subject seem to be strongly influenced by popular culture. This pane... Read More

WISH (Well-being Intervention for Self-managing Health): A feasibility work-based self-management intervention for employees with long-term health conditions (2017)
Thesis
Jones, L. WISH (Well-being Intervention for Self-managing Health): A feasibility work-based self-management intervention for employees with long-term health conditions. (Thesis). University of the West of England

Aim: The aim of this feasibility study is to design and evaluate the effectiveness of providing a self-management workplace intervention to employees with long-term health conditions, working in a Civil Service Department. Method: The WISH interve... Read More

Sitting outside the Milky Way: Communicating science with adults in a 3D planetarium (2017)
Journal Article
Glester, A. (2017). Sitting outside the Milky Way: Communicating science with adults in a 3D planetarium

Planetariums are evolving. In July 2015, the @Bristol Planetarium became the first 3D planetarium in the UK. Audiences are taken on a multimedia, 3D journey through the Cosmos to supplement the more traditional 2D representation of the night sky. Thi... Read More

Exploring public perceptions and attitudes on palm oil (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Noyce, T., & Stengler, E. (2017, June). Exploring public perceptions and attitudes on palm oil

Palm oil has become one of the leading causes of deforestation in countries that are developing their economic growth. Despite the vast research and knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of palm oil, little is known about how people perceive... Read More

Signal dimensionality and the emergence of combinatorial structure (2017)
Journal Article
Little, H., Eryılmaz, K., & de Boer, B. (2017). Signal dimensionality and the emergence of combinatorial structure. Cognition, 168, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2017.06.011

In language, a small number of meaningless building blocks can be combined into an unlimited set of meaningful utterances. This is known as combinatorial structure. One hypothesis for the initial emergence of combinatorial structure in language is th... Read More

Evidencing impact: A case study of UK academic perspectives on evidencing research impact (2017)
Journal Article
Wilkinson, C. (2017). Evidencing impact: A case study of UK academic perspectives on evidencing research impact. Studies in Higher Education, 44(1), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2017.1339028

The principle that research should demonstrate impact is now a central driver in UK research policy, with some describing the UK as having undergone a ‘culture change’ in regards to evidencing the value and contribution of academic research (Watermey... Read More