Saturday, 22 August 2015

Link feast

Our pick of this week's best psychology and neuroscience links:

What It’s Like to Have ADHD As a Grown Woman
"Having ADHD is challenging regardless of gender but in a world predisposed to undermining women, not having your shit together can feel like a dereliction of feminine duty," writes Rae Jacobson at NY Mag's The Cut.

How to Have a Better Brain (audio)
All week BBC Radio 4 broadcast a series of short programmes on ways to look after the health of your brain.

Identity Is Lost Without A Moral Compass
"Research on neurodegenerative diseases suggests that, more than anything else, moral traits like kindness and integrity define who we are," writes Nathan Collins at the Pacific Standard.

A Real-life Cure for the Worriers of the World
Liz Hoggard at the Independent reviews the new book Anxious: The Modern Mind in the Age of Anxiety by Joseph E LeDoux.

Don't Hate the Phone Call, Hate the Phone
In an fascinating tour of design history and social behaviour, Ian Bogost at The Atlantic argues that one of the reasons we've fallen out of love with phone calls is the way modern mobile phones are designed and connected.

How Autistic People Helped Shape the Modern World 
Carl Zimmer interviews Steve Silberman for WIRED about his new book, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.

What is it Like To Have Never Felt An Emotion
Some people with “alexithymia” seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson at BBC Future discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of the condition.

The Neuroscience of Being a Selfish Jerk
Over at NY Mag's Science of Us I discussed an intriguing brain scan study of people who score high on the Dark Triad trait of Machiavellianism.

The Neuron’s Secret Partner
For years, glial cells have stood in the shadow of neurons. In this short feature for Nautilus, Ferris Jabr celebrates the important function of glial cells – they are, he says, the brain’s architects, doctors, police, janitors, and gardeners.

Walking the Talk and Looking to be Heard
A group of psychologists who are walking 100 miles to highlight the impact on austerity on mental health have reached their halfway point. Ella Rhodes at The Psychologist speaks to the walk's organiser.
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Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

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