Saturday, 14 February 2015

Link Feast

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

Listen To Your Heart
Our new Valentine's-themed podcast, plus loads more Valentine links and resources from The Psychologist magazine and our own archive.

The Surprising Downsides of Being Drop Dead Gorgeous
Finally, someone understands my pain - David Robson at BBC Future on "the unrecognised pitfalls of the beautiful".

Masculinity, Trauma and "Shell-shock"
Tracey Loughran at The Psychologist magazine delivers a fitting tribute to the men who suffered in the First World War, and in more modern conflicts.

The Neuroplasticity Bait-and-Switch
Blogger PZ Myers takes aim at a popular author who hypes the concept of neuroplasticity.

Nine Myths About Schizophrenia
Professor Richard Bentall presents this free online course for the Institute of Art and Ideas.

My Trouble With Mindfulness
Jill Suttie has her doubts about the popular technique, but after looking through the evidence, she decides they're unfounded.

Still Alice is "Shockingly Accurate" 
The Guardian asked people with dementia what they thought of the film that stars Julianne Moore as a woman with dementia.

The Internet’s Hidden Science Factory
Psychology researchers are increasingly using participants recruited via Amazon's Mechanical Turk website - but who are these people? Jenny Marder investigates.

Neuroscience: The brain, Interrupted
Premature babies are surviving from an increasingly younger age, but neuroscience is only just beginning to understand the long-term implications.

Studying Oversize Brain Cells for Links to Exceptional Memory
Carl Zimmer reports on new findings into "Super Agers" [more on Super Agers in our archive]
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Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

3 comments:

Research Digest said...

If someone smiling at you doesn't have crinkly eyes, it only means they don't find you worth the effort of a believable fake smile.

Research Digest said...

"The Surprising Downsides of Being Drop Dead Gorgeous" - We do know a bit more about that subject:

https://plus.google.com/101046916407340625977/posts/JpUx69xFjjq

Research Digest said...

Nice idea, but... Trouble is, all you need as a smile-faker is to know the 'giveaways'. I read a reference to the 'instantly disappearing smile' as a giveaway to fakeness many years ago... so I carefully practiced a lingering expression. I know for certain that I can fool people. (I'm not a psycho! But as someone with a history of severe depression and social anxiety, I've had much cause to try to conceal real feelings.)
My pet hypothesis is that recognizably fake smiles are not intended to deceive - ie they are not 'fake' so much as polite social gestures, like saying 'How are you?' to someone you hardly know.

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