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How brain injury can change the language we speak - Reading in the news Tue 23 Oct

Release Date 23 October 2018

Brain injury can make us forget languages or revert to second ones


Language and brain injury: Dr Holly Robson (Psychology) spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire (approx 1hr 9mins) about why brain injury can cause bilingual people to forget one language, in connection with a story about a local woman who found she could only speak English in the morning and German in the afternoon after a bike accident.

Optical illusion in films: Popular Science looks at how hobbits were made to look much smaller than other characters in the Lord of the Rings films, using a ‘forced perspective’ technique. The article quotes Professor Andrew Glennerster (Psychology) on how the technique works.

Plastic in the food chain: New research has found microplastics in human faeces around the world suggesting plastic pollution is contaminating more and more eco systems. Articles by Newsweek and MSN News quote Professor Amanda Callaghan (Bio Science) whose research recently showed plastic in water is able to transfer from flying insect larvae to the adults, exposing birds and bats to the plastic. Read our news story.

Accommodation ranking: Times Higher Education reports that Reading is in the top 20 for quality student accommodation, according to a StudentCrowd survey.

Other coverage


  • Business Magazine reports on roundtable discussions on shaping Reading’s sustainable future, held by Pitmans Law, where Dr David Gilham (Director of the Thames Valley Science Park) gave a talk on the importance of connections between academic institutions and businesses.
  • Magzter quotes Dr Gunter Kuhnle (Food and Nutritional Sciences) on Harvard research that showed women who eat cured meats have a higher risk of breast cancer.
  • reports that the University of Reading is one of five universities to sign the Government’s Emissions Reduction Pledge. Read our news story.
  • RSVPLive covers research by Reading and Birmingham academics that suggests the youngest sibling in a family is the most likely to become a millionaire.



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