Saturday, 30 May 2015

Link feast

Our pick of this week's 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:

Author Of Tainted Gay Marriage Study Admits To Destroying Data But Stands By Results
The US grad student at the centre of an unfolding research scandal publishes his response, as promised. Virginia Hughes at Buzzfeed brings us the story.

The Case of the Amazing Gay-Marriage Data: How a Graduate Student Reluctantly Uncovered a Huge Scientific Fraud
Meanwhile, at New York's Science of Us site, Jesse Singal provides an in-depth report from the whistle-blower's perspective.

Better Not Look Down …
At The Psychologist magazine, leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reflects on mistakes, mystery and the mind.

Why Do We Experience Awe?
In a New York Times Op-Ed about their new research, the psychologists Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner argue that we live in an awe-deprived world.

Music Is Good For Your Brain, But Don’t Blast It
The benefits (and potential harms when too loud) of music for the brain, explained by Martin Pienkowski at Frontiers For Young Minds.

The Power of Compassion: Change Yourself And The World (video)
The RSA in London recently played host to Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk and public thinker whose powerful message has influenced major economists.

How the Brains of ‘Super-Multitaskers’ Are Different
Over at New York mag, I took a look at evidence of "neural efficiency" found in a new brain imaging study.

Who Are You Now?
At this new blog from the Headway charity, brain injury survivors tell their own stories.

The Many Ways Baby Talk Gives Infant Brains a Boost
"From a higher vocabulary to mastering mouth motion, the lilting babble seems to play a key role in helping babies process language" says Brian Handwerk at The Smithsonian.

Hive Consciousness
New research places us on the cusp of brain-to-brain communication, writes Peter Watts at Aeon. Could the next step spell the end of individual minds?

How to Learn 30 Languages
Some people can speak a seemingly impossible number of tongues. How do they manage it, asks David Robson at BBC Future, and what can we learn from them?
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

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