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2024:  Interviewed by ITV news regional about dopamine and attention and addiction to mobile phones

2024: Interviewed for article on WebMD about Hobbies How My New Golf Hobby Made Me Healthier in Unexpected Ways. Republished by My Droll, Today Headline and SwiftTelecast

2024: Condé Naste Traveller quotes Professor Ciara McCabe on physical hobbies improving your fitness and, in some cases, brain function.

2023: Prof McCabe quoted about University Professors backing the plant-based universities catering campaign, Reading Today (in print and online reports.

2023: LBC News spoke to Professor McCabe on the relationship between young people’s mental health and climate change.

2023: Reading Today and Wokingham Today report on a campaign requesting the University of Reading to implement plant-based catering. Professor Ciara McCabe is quoted.

2023: The Goa Spotlight quotes Professor McCabe originally from The Conversation, regarding anhedonia – the absence of enjoyment.  

2023: Inverse republish an article by Professor Ciara McCabe (Pyschology), for The Conversation, on how depression is often a loss of pleasure.

2023: According to Professor Ciara McCabe anhedonia affects up to 75 per cent of individuals with depression, The Express reports. Also reported by Independent Eagle, Sound Health and Lasting Wealth, Knowledia, Business Telegraph, Times of Bristol and Bangalore Mirror, ForeignAffairs and Big News Network, BBC Wales and Nottinghamshire Live.

2023: Professor Ciara McCabe writes for The Conversation (Republished by SA People News and The Irish News ) on how depression isn’t just sadness, but often a loss of pleasure.  

2022: Prof McCabe talks to Fortune Magazine about Hobbies and Mental Health

2022: Prof McCabe talks to BBC Radio Berkshire about her teams collab with the University of Reading Outreach team on Widening Participation and increasing university access for under-represented students. She also discussed adolescent mental health and depression symptoms such as anhedonia.

2022: Prof McCabe acted as a consultant for Vice Media Group LLC an American-Canadian digital media and broadcasting company. 

2022: Prof McCabe is interviewed by the Telegraph on brain chemistry and mood

2022: Prof McCabe is interviewed for The Guardian about dopamine

2022:   Prof McCabe speaks to The Guardian about mental health and finding time for yourself

2021:   ITV Tonight programme Dr McCabe discusses Sugar and its effects on the human brains Reward System

2021:   BBC Radio Berkshire Interview on Hobbies and Mental Health during Lock Down

2021:   Radio Sputnik Scotland Interview on Hobbies and Mental Health during Lock Down

2021:   The Independent

2021:    Best Health Magazine, Canada:

2021:    The Conversation piece on Hobbies and Mental Health in lockdown 

2021:    The Telegraph, interview on Dopamine and Reward

2020:    GQ Magazine, UK: Article about my Conversation piece on Dopamine Fasting, June in print.

2020:    Vogue Magazine, Vogue Australia: Interviewed about Dopamine Fasting, by Award Winning Science Journalist Fiona McDonald CEO of @ScienceAlert, 85.8K followers. Vogue Australia has ~1.5M readers per issue (print and social media) and ~1.5M facebook followers.

2020:   Dr McCabe interviewed on reward and dopamine for a new health related book by award winning Journalist Maria Borelius

2020:    New UROP research placement available in our lab see here:

2020:    Dr Anna-Lena Frey our recent PhD graduate project manages new trials in Alzheimer's Research UK, discussed here by David Cameron

2020:    Magazine, Marie Clare: Interviewed on Dopamine Fasting, Jan by Journalist Clare Thorp Marie Clare magazine publishes editions in more than 35 countries on five continents and ~157K readers per issue.

2019:    The Conversation: “Dopamine fasting: an expert reviews the latest craze in Silicon Valley” published Nov 2019, ~136K readers.

2017:    Radio, BBC Berkshire: Discussed Depression, Reward and Antidepressants. ~95K listeners.

2015:    TV, BBC1: “The Truth about Sugar”,  Ran an fMRI experiment with TV presenter Fiona Phillips and discussed the brains response to reward initially ~4.5M viewers, and has been repeated many times and globally e.g. Australia.

2015:    Radio, BBC Berkshire: Interviewed about Depression and the Neurobiology of Reward by presenter Anne Diamond, ~ 95K listeners.

2015:    Magazine, Kerrang: “The Brain and Music as Reward” Interviewed at Reading Festival. ~446K readers per issue.

2015:    Radio, BBC Berkshire: Interviewed by Phil Kennedy on Food Craving and the Brain. ~95K listeners.

2014:    TV, BBC1: Inside Out, ran an fMRI experiment with presenter Jon Cuthill and discussed the brains reward response. ~3.3M viewers.

2014:    Newspaper, The Reading Post: Article written about our work in Eating Disorders.

2014:    TV, Channel 4, Dispatches: “Are you addicted to sugar?” Discussed our work with presenter Antony Barnett on chocolate reward and the brain  ~2.5M viewers, also repeated.

2013:    TV, BBC1, “Britons Favourite Supermarket Foods”, Ran a reward experiment with presenter Cherry Healey and discussed brains response to chocolate ~4.7M viewers, also regularly repeated.

2013:    Radio, BBC Berkshire: Discussed our work and new study on Eating disorders and the Reward system with Tony Blackburn. ~122K listeners.

2010:    Newspaper, The Observer: “Why are Britons so sweet on chocolate?” article written about our work on chocolate reward  ~160K readers an issue.

2007:    Newspaper, The Telegraph: “Chocoholics like drug addicts, say scientists”  article written about our work on chocolate reward

2007:    Newspaper, The Guardian: “Brain scans pinpoint how chocoholics are hooked” article written about our work on chocolate reward ~1.02M readers an issue.

2006:    Newspaper, The Seattle Times, USA: “Chocolate: Love at first bite — or sight” based on McCabe Biological Psychiatry poster on the Brain and Reward.

2006:    Newspaper, The St Louis Post, USA: “Some people have chocolate on the brain” based on our Biological Psychiatry poster on the Brain and Reward.

2006:    TV, NBC News, USA: “A chocolate heaven for anyone who's a fan!”

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