Friday, 18 November 2011


Our round-up of the latest juicy psychology links from around the web:

Published today - new e-book "Mad mobs and Englishmen?: Myths and realities of the 2011 riots" by the psychologists Steve Reicher and Cliff Stott. The Guardian have a preview.

"I had an orgasm in a brain scanner," boasts Kayt Sukel.

Is a stranger trustworthy? You'll know in 20 seconds.

In Praise of Daniel Kahneman - Guardian editorial on the nobel-winning psychologist.

Debate at the Society for Neuroscience conference on whether girls and boys really do have different brains.

Why Kids With High IQs Are More Likely to Take Drugs

Amnesiac cellist astounds doctors with musical memory

Psychiatry's DSM task force responds to criticisms from psychology (pdf).

Jonah Lehrer looks back on 20 years of brain imaging.

HMP Grendon - Europe's only prison run entirely as a therapeutic community - is suffering from budget cuts and has experienced its first on-site murder.

Highlights from our Psychology to the Rescue series in Italian. Here's the English original.

An essay on the nocebo effect has won this year's Wellcome Trust science writer prize - congrats to the writer Penny Sarchet.

Texas governor Rick Perry experienced brain freeze during a live TV debate, prompting media commentary on the fallibility of human memory. Experts were quoted in an article for the BBC and I wrote a column on forgetting for the Guardian.

Test your morality - a new mass experiment being run by BBC Lab.

The fall-out from the Diederik Stapel (prominent social psychologist) fraud scandal continues. "Psychology Rife with Inaccurate Research Findings" says Karen Franklin for Psychology Today. "Fraud Scandal Fuels Debate Over Practices of Social Psychology," says The Chronicle.

The Brain is Wider Than the Sky author Bryan Appleyard spoke at the RSA (audio).

Scott Lilienfeld letter to the APS Observer magazine about the trend for psychology departments to add "and brain sciences" to their names.

Is Neuroscience the Death of Free Will? Thought-provoking essay from Eddy Nahmias in the NYT.

The wonderful A History of the Brain podcast on BBC Radio Four concludes today. Get the podcasts.

Post compiled by Christian Jarrett for the BPS Research Digest.


JCA said...

Hi Christian
Just thought I'd drop a comment after all this time checking the Research Digest.
Congratulations for this really awesome blog.
I'm a portuguese medicine student and I always had problems relating to others and putting myself in other people's shoes. I started dabbling in psychology half a year ago to see if I could improve that area in my life. I guess my emotional intelligence never was that good.
But now I find myself understanding situations envolving other people that I would never have understood before I started to "study" psychology.

I believe it's proving to be an important tool both in my professional life and in my day-to-day life.

By the way, I found your rough guide to psychology book very interesting and easy to read. It really helped me to get a grasp at the foundation of things.

Keep up the excellent work

João Carlos Almeida

Unknown said...

hi João, great to hear that you're finding psychology useful and that you think it might help in your everyday life and at work. Thanks too for your kind words about the Digest and the Rough Guide. It's really rewarding to hear that kind of feedback.
Best wishes

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