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Bargain hunters: how shops make us buy

With the post-Christmas sales in full swing, find out more about what shops do to make us buy with this interactive tool developed by our sociologists: How…

What makes a good Christmas number one?

Dr Catherine Tackley from the OU’s music department examines what makes certain songs a hit at Christmas time. The official UK singles chart began in 1952, but…

‘Twas millennia before Christmas

Who doesn’t love Christmas? The tree standing proud, adorned with baubles, lights, and surrounded by gifts; the radio singing festive songs, whilst the turkey slowly roasts…

Coping with depression and the Christmas blues

For many, this time of year isn’t always full of glad tidings and joy. Open University Psychologist, Professor Darren Langdridge talks about the Winter blues, practical…

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