Saturday, 30 August 2014

Link feast

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

Uta and Chris Frith: A Partnership of the Mind
Mo Costandi profiles the cognitive neuroscience pioneers.

Using Pseudoscience to Shine Light on Good Science
A video of Scott Lilienfeld's APS-David Myers lecture at this year's meeting of the Association for Psychological Science.

Against Empathy
Paul Bloom starts a debate at the Boston Review. "I’ve come to realize that taking a position against empathy is like announcing that you hate kittens," he says.

The Waiting
Philosopher-medic Ray Tallis reflects on the psychology of waiting in this programme from BBC Radio 4.

A Neuroscientist’s Study of How Technology is Affecting Our Brains and Everyday Lives
Cordelia Fine reviews a new book on "Mind Change" by Susan Greenfield.

If Cops Understood Crowd Psychology, They'd Tone Down The Riot Gear
Eric Jaffe argues the police in Ferguson might do well to consider the social psychology of crowd behaviour.

I Talked to Strangers for a Week, and It Did Not Go Well
We recently reported on a study that found people were happier when they talked to strangers. Here's what happened when Melissa Dahl at New York magazine put the findings into practice.

Everything We Know is Wrong
BBC Radio 4 programme in which Jolyon Jenkins investigates the failure of many scientific findings to replicate.

Brand New Brain Myths to Keep Neurobloggers in Work
Dean Burnett spreads some amusing new neurononsense.

How Movies Manipulate Your Brain to Keep You Entertained
Psychologists and movie makers learn from each other about how the brain perceives the world.

Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.


Research Digest said...

translating a "modest correlation" with "results [that] must be interpreted with great caution" into a headline like this falsifying and oversimplifying.

I appreciate the blog a lot but this one went awfully wrong, IMHO.

Research Digest said...

I would rather question the 10% assumption on the natural occurrence of left handedness. What if there has been a secular trend changing this proportion of late? what about the self trained converts to left handedness for the reason of using the right brain?

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