The Research Digest

The British Psychological Society's award-winning Research Digest blog provides original, authoritative reports on the latest psychology research papers. The blog was created in 2005 by inaugural Digest editor and BPS Associate Fellow Christian Jarrett.

The Digest doesn't just pick up on the same studies covered by the mainstream media. We trawl hundreds of peer-reviewed journals looking for the latest findings from across the breadth of psychological science. The aim is to write accessible, accurate reports on those studies that make an important contribution, that are relevant to real life, timely, novel or thought-provoking. We want to demonstrate how interesting and useful psychological science can be, whilst also casting a critical eye over the methods used. We also hope you'll use the comments function to have your say on the new research reported here.

There are also 'Extras' posts with links to eye-catching studies that didn't make the final cut, and the 'Special Issue Spotter' with links to the latest journal special issues in psychology. Over the years there have also been a number of special guest features - look out for more in the future.

Under Jarrett's editorship, the Digest blog won "best psychology blog" in the 2010 inaugural Research Blogging awards, and was "finalist" in the psychology/neuroscience category in the 2013 Science Seeker Blogging Awards.

The Digest also appears as a fortnightly email (launched by Jarrett in 2003), and has a Facebook fan-page and a Twitter feed.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, all images on this blog are copyrighted. They are reproduced here via a ThinkStock licence.

Disclaimer: Views expressed on the Digest blog belong to the Digest editor and should not be mistaken for official BPS policy or opinion.

Current editor

Dr Christian Jarrett's editorship is due to end on March 16.