Saturday, 15 August 2015

Link feast

We trawled the web for this week's 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:

Where is Psychology's Non-stick Frying Pan?
In a letter to The Psychologist, Phil Banyard bemoans psychology's lack of headline discoveries and transformational products.

Dr Bell and the Baroness (video)
"The 'buy my book' approach to science was ditched 200 years ago for a very good reason," says Vaughan Bell in this Channel 4 News debate with Susan Greenfield about the claims she makes in her book (and elsewhere) regarding the adverse effects on people's brains of digital technologies. The TV clash followed Bell and colleagues' BMJ editorial in which they criticise Greenfield for making unsubstantiated claims.

When Knowledge Is Unforgettable
"Adults remember more of what they learned in school than they think they do," writes Daniel Willingham in The Atlantic, "—thanks to an aspect of education that doesn’t get much attention in policy debates."

Susan Cain and the Quiet Revolution: Unlocking the Power of Introverts (audio)
The latest episode of Scott Barry Kaufman's Psychology Podcast.

Can Envy Be Good For You?
Maria Konnikova investigates at the New Yorker.

The Pharmacology of Morality (audio)
Cognitive neuroscientist Molly Crockett is the guest on this episode of the Smart Drug Smarts podcast.

No Evidence for an Early Dementia Epidemic
Neuroskeptic tackles some recent scaremongering newspaper headlines.

Inside the Brains of Happily Married Couples
Over at New York's Science of Us, I looked at a brain scan study of elderly married couples, the findings of which supported the idea that how we respond to each other's positive emotions is very important for close relationships.

APA Review Confirms Link Between Playing Violent Video Games and Aggression
But new task force report from the American Psychological Association finds no link between violent video games and increased criminality.

Postcards From the Edge of Consciousness
Sensory deprivation goes from CIA torture manuals to a yoga studio near you, writes Meehan Crist at Nautlius.
Post written by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

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