Friday, 20 July 2012


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

In the wake of the recent social psychology scandals (see earlier Feasts), UK psychologist Chris Chambers offered a 12-step plan for improving practices in psychology research.

The technique used to identify research malpractice in social psychology has been revealed.

"Psychology isn't science" said a misguided LA Times Op-Ed. "Oh yes it is" said Canadian psychologist David Nussbaum.

Can we trust psychological research? asked Time magazine.

"The smartest experiments EVER are, in my experience, found in psychology" said Mark Changizi.

Richard Thaler in the NY Times praised the work of the UK Government's Behavioural Insight Team.

Sports psychologist Jan Burns was among the Olympics scientists profiled in a Nature news feature.

Marissa Mayer appointed as new CEO of struggling internet business Yahoo - an example of the Glass Cliff (the tendency for women to be made leaders in a crisis)?

Holiday season is upon us - prepare yourself with this Psychologist magazine feature from last year on the psychology of holidays.

Brain imaging got another kicking, this time from the Creativity Post.

RIP Shlomo Bentin, the respected Israeli psychologist, who died in a cycling accident.

A new paper in open-access journal PLoS One debunked an NLP claim about links between eye movements and lying.

The Guardian profiled Paul Zak (AKA Dr Love), the oxytocin expert. Ed Yong calls oxytocin the hype hormone, and he explained why in Slate.

The latest Guardian Science podcast featured Sebastian Seung talking about the Connectome and Barry Smith on what happens when the brain's wiring system is compromised.

BBC Radio 4 broadcast a programme on the psychology of the home advantage (now on iPlayer).

The "Internet is Making Us Crazy" cover story over Newsweek is an embarrassment, said Vaughan Bell for Mind Hacks.

Sitting on a wobbly chair makes you desire stability in your personality relationships, reported The Economist.

Doubts were raised about the "paradox of choice" effect - the idea that we're put off by too many options.

Monolith mag published an interview with Adrian Owen, who uses brain imaging techniques to communicate with vegetative patients.

Polygraph testing of sex offenders is to be rolled out nationally in England and Wales.  Even though the polygraph is unreliable. (see here for Background).
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett for the BPS Research Digest.

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