Friday, 8 March 2013

Link feast

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

1. Neurocomic takes readers on an adventure in the brain - In this wonderful video blog, the Guardian tells the story of the collaboration between Artist Matteo Farinella and neuroscientist Hana Ros of University College London.

2. Twitter Is an Awful Predictor of Public Opinion

3. Living with voices in your head: Eleanor Longden at TED2013

4. Psychologist Brian Nosek opens new Center for Open Science. Ed Yong reports on a commendable initiative (see also). In related good news, APS journal Perspectives in Psychological Science launches new article format to encourage more multi-lab replications.

5. Bad news - New case of research fraud in psychology

6. New Human Zoo psychology series has started on BBC Radio 4 (you can catch up on iPlayer). There's a companion website with background info and demonstrations of the experiments.

7. Also on BBC Radio 4 - What do Europe's old "mad houses" tell us about the history of mental illness?

8. The rise of gratuitous and inaccurate brain references in everyday language - Vaughan Bell wrote about what he calls "folk neuroscience" for the Observer (inspired, I posted a 5-Step Self-Defence Programme Against Neuro-nonsense over at Psychology Today).

9. Enhancing one type of math skill with brain stimulation impairs another reports Maia Szalavitz for Time. The results suggest "any attempts at cognitive enhancement — whether with drugs or electric stimulation or other methods— should be studied carefully for their potential harms as well as their promise," she wrote.

10. The curious lives of the people who feel no fear (from New Scientist - free registration required to read the text). Related Digest posts here and here.

Shoot, I couldn't fit these ones in the list: The Benefits of optimism are realLatest Neuropod podcast is online - including memory in the courtroomThe film that reacts to your emotions.

Looking ahead - it's Brain Awareness Week, next week. The Dana Foundation have a list of all the events planned in the UK.

Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

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