Saturday, 15 November 2014

Link feast

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

Winter Is a Black Hole: How I Deal With Seasonal Depression
"Seasonal depression hits for me, like clockwork, the day after Halloween" - writes Dayner Evans at

Learning How Little We Know About the Brain
By James Gorman in the New York Times.

How To Debunk Falsehoods
At BBC Future, Tom Stafford investigates the best way to correct false ideas.

The “Paper Effect” – Note Something Down And You’re More Likely To Forget It
At the Brain Watch blog I lampoon fears about the effect of computers and other digital devices on our memories.

How to Be Efficient: Dan Ariely’s 6 New Secrets to Managing Your Time
At Time magazine, Eric Barker summarises time-keeping advice from the author of Predictably Irrational.

I Hated Keeping a Gratitude Journal - Here's What Worked Instead
Allison Jones at

Fooled By Your Own Brain
Don't be so certain your senses are telling you the truth, says Virginia Hughes at Nautilus.

Human Body: The "Ultra-athletes" aged 60+
At BBC Future, David Robson reports on the senior ultra-athletes who are defying the limits of aging and the body.

Living With Schizophrenia
Access 60 free journal articles on this topic, courtesy of Psychology Press / Taylor and Francis.

How to Study The Brain
We're about to obtain unprecedented amounts of new data on the brain, says Gary Marcus at The Chronicle, but the important missing ingredient is theory.

Illustrations of Madness: James Tilly Matthews and the Air Loom
At the Public Domain Review, Mike Jay recounts the tragic story of James Tilly Matthews, who was confined to Bedlam asylum in 1797 for believing that his mind was under the control of a terrifying machine.
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.


Research Digest said...

This is a great example of operant conditioning. Regardless if the study used strangers or not, if parents condition their children to little white lies this will affect future behavior of their children. Parents who want to teach their children honesty must exhibit honest behavior themselves.

Research Digest said...

This is very interesting. Could it be that the babies were already primed to expect the anxiety of the mothers so that when the fathers showed anxiety that the infants picked up on it more quickly and were therefore more responsive to it?

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