Research success

New research suggests It’s all about the bass

When we listen to music, we often tap our feet or bob our head along to the beat – but why do we do it? New research led by the MARCS Institute suggests the reason could be related to the way our brain processes low-frequency sounds.


WSU launches new resource to help educate communities about periods and endometriosis

Researchers from Western Sydney University have launched a new online resource aimed at reducing the incidence of undiagnosed menstrual disorders and improving the way young women learn about and deal with menstruation.


Forest Drought Dieback

What killed the patient? Determining causes of tree death during droughts and heatwaves

Researchers are using advanced imaging technologies similar to those used in hospitals to determine how vulnerable our trees are to drought and heatwaves.


Holding hands through tough conversations

Research helps facilitate tough conversations about dying

In a world-first, the Talking End of Life (TEL) project assists Australians with intellectual disabilities to understand the concept of death and their own mortality.


Accupuncture

Fertility study finds acupuncture ineffective for IVF birth rates

A study of over 800 Australian and New Zealand women undergoing acupuncture treatment during their IVF (in vitro fertilization) cycle has confirmed no significant difference in live birth rates.


A traditional smoking ceremony at the Parramatta Youth Koori Court

Report: Koori Court effective for young offenders

Western Sydney University researchers have reviewed the pilot Youth Koori Court in Parramatta, and determined the model to be an effective and culturally appropriate means of addressing the underlying issues that lead many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to appear before the criminal justice system.


Measuring waist line

Study: Australian public hospitals cannot meet the rising demand for obesity care

Despite our national waistline being touted as a major public health concern – Western Sydney University research has found that public hospitals are not adequately resourced to treat the one million adults currently living with clinically severe obesity.


Cultural graffiti wall

Research shows social class has a strong influence on cultural tastes

A major national survey of over 1,200 Australians, led by Western Sydney University, found that social class has a strong influence on a person’s cultural tastes – with level of education and occupation being key factors in determining cultural preferences.



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