Familiarity breeds empathy was the top rating story on UQ News
Familiarity breeds empathy was the top rating story on UQ News
18 December 2015

News from The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences dominates the list of the most popular articles published on the UQ News site this year.

UQ News ran more than 500 articles across a diverse range of topics, attracting more than one million hits to the site throughout the year.

Most of these articles were distributed to media outlets, with mainstream and niche publication amplifying their reach across Australia and around the world.

And UQ authors have published 238 articles on The Conversation this year, amassing 4,031,549 readers around the world.

The top articles on UQ News for 2015:

  1. Familiarity breeds empathy: The more time we spend with people from another nationality the more empathy we have for them, School of Psychology and Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) researchers find. (52,393 hits)

  2. Nature vs nurture: research shows it’s both: One of the great tussles of science – whether our health is governed by nature or nurture – has been settled, and it is effectively a draw, according to QBI research. (27,002 hits)

  3. Head-banging tunes can have same effect as a warm hug: Extreme music – such as heavy metal – can positively influence those experiencing anger, a School of Psychology study reveals. (25,282 hits)

  4. Alzheimer’s breakthrough uses ultrasound technology: QBI scientists find that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and restore memory. (23,205 hits)

  5. Private schools show same results as public schools: Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences researchers say birth weight, the amount of time a mother spends with her child, and the education level of both parents will have more impact on a child than whether they attend a private or public school. (14,365 hits)

  6. Why cocky guys get the girl: School of Psychology research suggests overconfidence may help people win romantic partners. (12,128 hits)

  7. Early clinical trial success for new rheumatoid arthritis treatment: UQ Diamantina Institute researchers have developed a world-first vaccine-style therapeutic approach to treat rheumatoid arthritis, a debilitating disease affecting more than 450,000 people in Australia. (8735 hits)

  8. UQ subjects among global best: UQ cements its position as a global top 100 university, performing strongly in a league table of subjects released in April. (6338 hits)

  9. Not a sweet heart: researchers find bitter taste receptors on human hearts: School of Biomedical Sciences researchers are investigating the surprising discovery that smell and taste receptors normally found in the nose and mouth can also be present on the human heart. (6976 hits)

  10. UQ’s cervical cancer hero needs your vote: The University of Queensland’s Professor Ian Frazer – hailed as “the man who saved a million lives” –was named a finalist in the prestigious 2015 European Inventor Awards. (5893 hits)

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