Friday, 19 July 2013
1. Shyness is not a disorder (Personal reflections from Joe Moran in Aeon magazine).
2. Next gen hi-res microscope for reconstructing human brain will produce more data than in today's entire digital world. (Alison Abbott in Nature looks at some of the practical obstacles for the big brain projects on both sides of the Atlantic).
3. Diaries of a Broken Mind - young people with mental health issues share their video diaries. Broadcast on BBC Three, now on iPlayer for a few days only.
4. This week's Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4 was Suzanne Corkin's Permanent Present Tense, about the amnesiac HM. (now on iPlayer for a few more days only).
5. The awful science of holidays (guest post by David Steele on the Brain Flapping blog): "Stendhal syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder with symptoms including fainting, dizziness, tachycardia (rapid heart rate) and in some cases hallucinations, when the individual is exposed to particularly beautiful art or large amounts of art". (more on the psychology of holidays).
6. Free access for 30 days to Wiley's entire psychology journal portfolio (requires free sign-up).
7. The technical and logical problems that beset neuromarketing - Neuroscientist Matt Wall at Slate magazine gives a low down on a hyped field.
8. A call for "neuro-nuance" from Bethany Brookshire writing at Double X Science. "The media used to overhype neuroscience, and now they overhype neuroskepticism."
9. The neuroscience of everyone's favourite topic - themselves (by Adrian Ward in Scientific American).
10. Why you think your phone is vibrating when it is not (Tom Stafford explains the psychology for BBC Future / Mind Hacks).
Looking ahead to the weekend: Psychology and neuroscience fun at the Latitude festival in suffolk.
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.