Friday, 17 February 2012


Tuck into our round-up of the latest and best psych and neuro links:

It's never too late to become a musician. Brain Pickings highlights a new book by neuroscientist Gary Marcus: Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning.

Free introductory US video lectures in psychology (102 of them).

The latest issue of the American Psychological Association's monthly Monitor magazine is online with a cover-feature on a successful psychologist-led school programme for at-risk pupils.

Worth a look? New William Boyd novel "Waiting for Sunrise" set in 1913 Vienna - plenty of psychoanalysis and spies.

One for the diary: a panel of experts discuss consciousness at the Royal Institution on March 7.

Psychologist Richard Wiseman shares a car illusion that makes your head hurt.

Computer programme analyses brain scans of adolescents to predict who will suffer mental illness in the future (BBC Radio 4 audio).

Life coaches are getting younger.

Free virtual special issue "Putting developmental psychology research into practice".

Struggling with information overload and the need to be constantly connected? Don't unplug, says the Atlantic, there are ways to plug in better.

Help psychologists develop brand new experiment to test performance under pressure. Takes no more than 10 mins.

Intriguing insights into the helping behaviour of chimps, from the Thoughtful Animal blog.

Why do some songs make us cry?

Are you interested in Lego and in psychology? There's a new twitter feed just for you: @legopsych

LSE podcast - panel discussion of neuroscience and the law.

Worth a look? New book explores the psychology of whistle-blowers. (New Scientist review)

"What You Need to Know about Willpower: The Psychological Science of Self-Control". New report from American Psychological Association.

The amount of tweets about a scientific journal article in the days after its release are predictive of its ultimate scientific impact.

The New York Times describes a new wave of psychotherapy Apps.

The Boston Globe reviews the case against there being universal facial expressions of emotion.

One for the Diary: Mind Hacks blog flags up a conference on March 23 at the Institute of Psychiatry on revelatory experiences.

Free online course in Mindfulness based cognitive therapy.

First ever issue of Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders just published and is free to access.

One for the diary: Maudsley debate March 7 "Psychoanalytic therapy essential part of any modern mental health service".

Post compiled by Christian Jarrett for the BPS Research Digest.


Eating Disorder Treatment said...

I love the first article, as someone who is 40 and still learning to play the guitar, this really hits home, some day I hope to be able to hit the zone in terms of my learning, but definately agree that it is harder once you stop doing it which is what makes life long learning so important.

Sarah said...

I don't comment enough, but I read every single post of yours, and truly appreciate them. As a Psychology student, your posts keep me informed on all the new updates! Thank you!

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