Saturday, 5 July 2014

Link feast

Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week

Is It Time To Redraw the Map of the Brain?
Neuroskeptic reports on an important paper that questions the way the localisation of neural function is inferred from from the study of brain-damaged patients.

The Science of the Mind
This week's edition of Start the Week on BBC Radio 4 was focused on whether neuroscience is changing our self-understanding.

No logic in King’s College job cuts
Dorothy Bishop with sharp criticism of the planned staff cuts at the Institute of Psychiatry.

The Facebook Furore
The Psychologist magazine with an overview of the findings and fallout from the Facebook study (see also).

Hallucinogenic nights
"Sleep paralysis has tormented me since childhood," writes Karen Emslie. "But now it’s my portal to out-of-body travel and lucid dreams."

Hypnosis: The day my mind was 'possessed'
David Robson subjects himself to hypnosis, to better understand how researchers are using the technique to simulate psychiatric disorders in healthy people (see also).

The Myth of the Strong Leader
Richard Reeves reviews the new book by Archie Brown.

Overprescribing antidepressants: where’s the evidence?
Margaret McCartney wonders if the media has overblown this story.

The Trauma of Parenthood
"... among new parents — three to six months postpartum — 42 percent of mothers and 26 percent of fathers exhibit signs of clinical depression."

Who Won the World Cup of Arm-Folding?
And finally ... an amusing analysis of the body language of the world's best footballers.

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


KimCaroline said...

I have anecdotal proof that this is true: FOUR from the eight most popular and good looking kids from my HS (Class of '85) are now dead from alcoholism. One is in prison serving time for cocaine abuse.

angel said...

I really enjoyed reading this. I'm in a psychology class right now and we're learning about the mind and the subconscious. I think that this really has to do with one's subconscious. I'm sure that some people intend to get whatever they want in their job and aren't afraid to stomp over the weaklings to get there, but I also think that some do it unintentionally. Whether it was how they were raised to be or just something that they don't really think twice about and are just head strong and do what they need to in order to get what they want.

jason said...

I think this study sums up why people have dreams. The concerns and conflicts in life are on every ones mind and they cant forget about it. In the first stage of sleep, REM is the time when you remember most of your dreams. It makes sense because your body and mind are winding down from the days activities. The major concerns in a persons life is always on the mind and is also usually the last things you are thinking about before you go to bed. This study shows that when you remember dreams in my opinion is that people care about things and have worries.

Research Digest said...

I was a nerd and if not unpopular, certainly not at all cool and popular. I am now very senior in my organisation and live in a lovely house in SW London. My much cooler friends, those that survived, have not really done much. A lesson I am planning on passing onto my children.

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