Saturday, 24 January 2015

Link Feast

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

Why are men more likely than women to take their own lives?
In the Guardian, Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman argue that suicide prevention programmes need to take sex differences into account.

Introducing The Psychologist Magazine's First Ever Poetry Competition
"There is no guidance other than to consider our publication and audience; come on what you know, pure discovery," says Editor Jon Sutton.

Brain-branded Energy Drinks Might Make You Less Smart
Over at Brain Watch, I took at look at the claims made by a supposedly cognition-enhancing energy drink.

How to Curb Hunger Pangs with Your Mind
Pay attention to your eating, says David Robson at BBC Future, and you may find it easier not to over-indulge.

Why Can’t The World’s Greatest Minds Solve the Mystery of Consciousness?
Oliver Burkeman investigates for the Guardian.

In Our Time: Phenomenology
On BBC Radio 4, Melvyn Brag and his guests discuss phenomenology, a branch of philosophy that has given its proponents the chance to "talk about everything from the foundations of geometry to the difference between fear and anxiety." (Listen again on iPlayer)

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others
The smartest teams are distinguished by three key characteristics, says this column written by psychologists for the NYT.

Psychology of Emotions and Emotional Disorders
90 free journal articles from Psychology Press (access is open until Jan 31).

Pretty in Pink
"My two-year-old daughter already knows that pink is for girls. And she loves it," writes Elisabeth Camp for Aeon. "Why does that make me see red?"

How To Get Stuff Done When You Really, Really Don’t Want To
Advice from for when you've got the time, but not the motivation.
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.


Research Digest said...

I think willpower and drive are two variables that poor people can use to succeed. Those that keep on going seem to sooner or later, succeed at something. The key is willpower, knowledge, and persistence.

Research Digest said...

I agree that people can be happier if their personality fits those in the neighborhood where they live. If you are surrounded by people that think like you, have the same values and aspirations, and familiar behaviors you are more likely to be more comfortable with your surroundings. For example, people that live in low income communities might feel better knowing that the people around them are having the same life issues (late bills/ other money issue, depression, self worthlessness, etc.) as them. I believe that it would provide more comfort than living in a neighborhood where everyone is thriving and you are the only
one that isn’t. But, I do wonder if any similarities are because the
environment in which a person lives causes people to form common behaviors that are nurtured or if people with common nature group together in areas. For instance, New York City is known as a very populated area with constant traffic. People that live in this area might be more fast-paced and anxious vs. a small community in the outskirts of the city where everything is more relaxed. Did everyone that wanted a slower paced lifestyle move to the outskirts and their behaviors formed the way the community is? Did the environment of the area form common behaviors of the people that live there?

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