Wednesday, 17 August 2011


Eye-catching studies that didn't make the final cut:

A longitudinal study of children's text messaging and literacy development.

First ever mapping of women's genitals as represented in the sensory cortex of the female brain. "Vaginal, clitoral, and cervical regions of activation were differentiable, consistent with innervation by different afferent nerves and different behavioral correlates. Activation of the genital sensory cortex by nipple self-stimulation was unexpected, but suggests a neurological basis for women's reports of its erotogenic quality."

Being mistreated in childhood linked with recurring, hard-to-treat depression in adulthood.

Links found between a person's spatial skills and their social acumen.

A meta-analysis of the bystander effect - the dilution of social responsibility when we're in a group. But there are also situations in which helping is increased in groups.

In a random sample of 274 U.S. married individuals, 40% of those married over 10 years reported being “Very intensely in love.”

Human intelligence is highly heritable and polygenic.

The influence of regional accents on job interview outcome.

You probably think this paper's about you: Narcissists' perceptions of their personality and reputation.

Much-needed longitudinal evidence for the contact hypothesis - the idea that intergroup contact reduces prejudice.

How teens with autism spectrum disorder spend their time.

After bad luck, people are more willing to take risks again if they've had a chance to wash their hands.

The dynamic interplay between negative and positive emotions in daily life predicts response to treatment in depression: A momentary assessment study.

Yet another dark side of chivalry: Benevolent sexism undermines and hostile sexism motivates collective action for social change.

"it is suggested that we may observe an increased neuroticism or psychopathology in society if children are hindered from partaking in age adequate risky play." (pdf)

If you like this Extras post, you might also like our new Feast feature (our round-up of the latest juicy tit-bits in psychology news), and the Special Issue Spotter (with links to the latest journal special issues in psychology).

[Compiled by Christian Jarrett for the BPS Research Digest.]

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