Friday, 23 November 2012

Link feast

In case you missed them - 10 of the best psychology links from the past week:

"Our minds are made up just as much by the people and tools around us as they are by the brain cells inside our skull" - Fascinating article by Tom Stafford on interactive intelligence.

New TED talk: "video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask".

Gary Marcus pours cold water on the notion that we're getting anywhere near building an artificial brain.

Pete Etchells with a moving account of why he hates neurons and how he was inspired to become a scientist.

The current series of BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind continued with an episode (now on iPlayer) that included a look at "mad doctors" in the nineteenth century, and the boredom threshold of drone operators.

"Researchers have turned human mental activity into music, and it sounds uncannily like free-form jazz piano."

Your brain in numbers - awesome poster.

"We're probably not getting dumber," says Neuroskeptic, contradicting the recent claims made by a geneticist and lapped up by the media.

A fascinating account of Hikikomori - the worrying phenomenon in Japan whereby youths (usually male) shut themselves away from society.

Alarm at unpaid posts in clinical psychology. On a related note, check out this new study covered by our sister blog The Occupational Digest - employers valued candidates' voluntary experience just as much as previous paid employment.
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.


Anonymous said...

Re: the unpaid internships, you seem to have missed the point as to why this is a problem. It's not about what future employers find valuable in someone's CV. It's about what counts as fair treatment of people at the bottom of the employment ladder.

Unknown said...

I understood that point, thank you. However, I thought the new research covered by Occ Digest was interesting to consider alongside those concerns.

Unknown said...

I should probably add that the Psychologist and Digest Policy Committee recently voted to ban adverts for unpaid internships from appearing in The Psychologist magazine.

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