Skip to content

Luke Bratton

Research student, School of Psychology

Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

Research summary

Where do exaggerations in media reports of science come from? It is easy to assume that journalists are responsible for sensationalising news by exaggerating scientific findings, but recent findings ( have shown that exaggeration in news stories is associated with similar exaggeration in press releases from the institution responsible for the original research.

I aim to examine the effects of manipulations to press releases on content produced by participants with experience in journalism, as well as examining the content of existing press releases and news stories.

Teaching summary

1st year undergraduate tutorials: report writing and statistical methods
1st year undergraduate report marking

Research interests


Competition funded PhD studentship through the ESRC and the School of Psychology

Research group


Research collaborators

Prof. Petroc Sumner
Dr Andy Williams (JOMEC)
Dr Rachel Adams