Friday, 24 May 2013

Link feast

In case you missed them - 10 of the best psychology links from the past week:

1. What an inspiration - Neuropsychologist Brenda Milner, aged 94 and still making new research discoveries about the human brain.

2. More than 40,000 people are likely to die by suicide in the US this year, a grim new milestone. A Newsweek article details this "Suicide Epidemic" and asks - "Why are we killing ourselves and how can we stop it?"

3. The Scitable blog network from Nature has re-launched with a new psychology blog Mind Read, which kicks off with a post about synaesthesia, and a new neuroscience blog Brain Metrics, which asks: "Are There Really as Many Neurons in the Human Brain as Stars in the Milky Way?"

4. 60 short videos of emotion experts talking about ... emotion.

5. "Nine lessons for innovators from a Nobel Prize-Winning Psychologist" (yes, it's Danny Kahneman again).

6. Seven tools for thinking from Dan Dennett, excerpted from his new book Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking.

7. Anyone can become an expert in anything with 10,000 hours of practice? Maybe Not - Annie Murphy Paul breaks news of a new study that debunks the popular myth.

8. A brief history of mental illness in art. From the always excellent Ferris Jabr.

9. The history and future of lie detection technology. BBC Radio 4 documentary presented by psychologist Geoff Bunn.

10. New Scientist has an interview with a man who was convinced his brain was dead. (Earlier this week I reported the results of a scan of this man's brain).

Looking ahead to the weekend and beyond: On Sunday in Hay on Wye, Consultant psychiatrist Sir Simon Wessely, sociologist Steve Fuller, and clinical psychologist Richard Bentall are debating the value of psychotherapy (there are other psych/neuro events too). On Tues in Bristol, Dan Dennett is talking about his new book: "Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking". Across the pond, in New York on Friday, Carl Zimmer is hosting a workshop on how to measure consciousness.
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

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