Friday, 29 November 2013

Link feast

Our pick of the 10 best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:

Why the world’s most talented dreamers may hold the secret to a new state of consciousness. Dorian Rolston for Matter on the fascinating and controversial story of research into lucid dreaming.

How can we better design cities to make us healthier and happier? Charles Montgomery, author of the brilliant new book Happy City, was on BBC Radio 3's Night waves programme (5 days left to listen)

Adam Alter on the psychology of patience and scarcity - or why Black Friday is so popular.

Power naps and elephant brains - it's the latest episode of Nature Neuropod podcast.

Neurobonkers with an important blog post on the psychological biases that influence forensic science.

Chris Chambers takes a sceptical look at a neuroscientist's recent claim to have diagnosed himself with psychopathy based on a brain scan.

Wired has launched a new blog (by the Digest editor) called Brain Watch.

"Predictive statistical analysis, harnessed to big data, appears poised to alter the way millions of people are hired and assessed," says Don Peck for the Atlantic in an in-depth feature taking in the history and future of recruitment.

Do comics represent a distinct form a visual language, with its own grammar system? David Robson delves in to the research of comic fan and psychologist Neil Cohn.

Welcome to the era of Big Replication, says Ed Yong as he outlines the results from of an impressive initiative to replicate many previous findings in psychology.
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Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

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