Friday, 27 April 2012

Feast

Tuck into our latest round-up of the best psych and neuro links:

The British Psychological Society has launched its Origins Project - an interactive, multimedia timeline charting the history and development of psychological science.

The blogger Neurobonkers gives the low down on a new report showing how the mainstream media misrepresent neuroscience findings to push their own ideological agendas.

Typical neuroimaging experiments maybe missing the brain's whispers, says Neuroskeptic.

Doubts have been raised about the claimed links between testosterone exposure in the womb and the relative lengths of people's index and ring fingers.

Jonah Lehrer is busy talking about his new book on creativity - you can listen to his recent talk at the RSA and hear him on BBC Radio 3's Nightwaves. Not everyone's a fan: The Guardian published an acerbic review of his book.

The Chinese symbol for epilepsy has been changed, reports Mind Hacks blog, shedding its previous stigmatising connotations with madness and goats.

Louis Theroux has started a new "Extreme Love" series for BBC Two - the first episode explored autism and is available on iPlayer.

Psychologist Bruce Hood has started a new blog for Psychology Today.

Fascinating insights into when and how often we look where other people are looking. The findings are from a clever study conducted out on the street and in a train station, deftly summarised by Ed Yong.

Is academia biased against introverts?

One for the diary - next Thurs in Notting Hill you can take part in a "dream matrix" with Salon London.
At our sister blog, the Occupational Digest, Alex Fradera provides a fascinating overview of the links between agreeableness, gender and pay - nasty guys earn more but it seems they pay personal price.

Psychology luminary Jerome Kagan has a new book out - Psychology's Ghosts, The Crisis in the Profession and The Way Back.

I found out this week that the UK Government has an "expert advisor on behaviour". Is he a psychologist?

Listening to music can help you run up to 15 per cent faster (and probably more if you try Speed Demon by Michael Jackson).

The latest series of Mind Changers continues with an episode featuring Julian Rotter - the man who developed the "locus of control"scale.

Vaughan Bell for the Observer with a superb overview of the limitations of the polygraph lie detection test.

Hidden Talent is a new Channel 4 show in which members of the public are tested and their latent talents developed - the first episode is available on 4oD and features a gifted lie detector (no polygraph needed).

That's all - have a great weekend!
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Post compiled by Christian Jarrett for the BPS Research Digest.

3 comments:

  1. Re Origins project... bah, typical. 1875, first lab founded by Wilhelm Wundt, father of psychology (wrongly accused of being an experimental psychologist... introspection, anyone?)!** No mention of: 1875, first lab founded at the same time by William James, father of flippin' psychology. Great men the both of them, let's have some equal representation. (Nice article on both men at http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/wundtjames.html).
    ** Exaggerated for (mostly) comic effect.

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  2. As always, thank you!!!!

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