Wednesday, 5 March 2008


For when you've had enough of journal articles:

A new series is starting this evening on BBC Radio 4, entitled Am I normal? The series asks how professionals draw the line between someone who is OK and someone who isn't? The first episode tackles Social Phobia.

Psyblog explains why psychology is not all common sense.

Mind Hacks flags up an article in Time magazine on expertise showing that it's all about practising the hardest bits.

ABC Radio's series All in the Mind continues with episodes on women offenders and the nature of consciousness (links are to MP3 audio files).

A New York Times article argues that it helps if therapists have had the humbling experience of having been in therapy themselves.

The RSA's online journal asks whether there's a link between ADHD and entrepreneurship.

Over at the Predictably Irrational website, you can try out the door game, which demonstrates how our desire to keep our options open can backfire. See this New York Times article for commentary.

According to an article in the New Republic, behavioural economist Richard Tyler is advising the Obama campaign team (via Mind Hacks).

Life before death - a forthcoming exhibition from the Wellcome Trust "reveals the preciousness and transience of life, and make us question what we often take for granted."

Watch interviews with some of the world's leading experts on consciousness via the website of the Mind and Reality conference, held in February 2006.

Can depression contribute to society? - Lewis Wolpert and Paul Keedwell discuss on BBC Radio 4's Today programme (link is to audio file).

You know what they say about men with long ring fingers. The Times has an interview with John Manning who researches the link between finger ratios and behavioural traits.

Listen to the academic and city trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb on BBC Radio 4's Start the Week: He argues that the existence of highly improbable events which have a massive impact and are nearly impossible to predict - Black swans - mean we should ignore ‘experts’, stop reading newspapers and learn to take advantage of uncertainty. Also, catch him talking at the Uni of Oxford today, or at LSE tomorrow.

Post written by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

1 comment:

Becca said...

Interesting post you have here. Social phobia is not easy to overcome. But you can learn from

about simple prevention methods. Can be pretty handy.

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