Friday, 25 May 2012


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

You've heard of chic-lit, welcome to neuro-lit ... Charles Fernyhough, Jonah Lehrer and Claudia Hammond discuss neuroscience and novels on the latest issue of BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind (now on iPlayer).

How Google are introducing a new search function that works more like the human brain.

How smartphone apps based on Skinnerian principles are helping people change their lives.

Channel 4 broadcast the latest episode of Hidden Talent, which featured a search for an expert multi-tasker and a super face-recogniser (now available on 4oD).

Psychotherapist struck off by BACP for offering "conversion therapy" for homosexuality loses her appeal. Meanwhile prominent US psychiatrist Robert Spitzer has apologised for a paper he published in 2001, which suggested that such therapy works.

What is the point of psychiatric diagnosis?

Why your body jerks before you fall asleep. And ... how much people sleep on average.

One for the diary - Public lecture, May 28 in London "Do we need friends?"

Check out the latest posts on our sister blog The Occupational Digest on burnout and mavericks.

David Eagleman was on BBC Radio 3 discussing the ethical implications of neuroscience findings (streaming or podcast now available).

Another for the diary - "In conversation with Daniel Kahneman", LSE, London, 1 June.

Worth a look, new book The Moral Molecule, The New Science of What Makes Us Good or Evil.

A history of the British stiff upper lip - how social rules around the expression of emotion have changed through the ages (BBC Radio 4 programme now on iPlayer).

Disappearing Hand Trick has won this year's prize for best illusion.

Pork brains with milk gravy, anyone? Or what about a made-to-order knitted brain hat?

That's all for now, have a great weekend!
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett for the BPS Research Digest.

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