Saturday, 21 November 2015

Link feast

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

The Five-point Plan to Help Paris Survivors Recover From Attacks
New Scientist speaks to UCL psychologist Chris Brewin.

The Problem With the Argument That People ‘Ignored’ Terrorism in Beirut, But Not in Paris
It's human nature not to, and not worth shaming people over, writes Jesse Singal at New York's Science of Us.

Bad Thoughts Can’t Make You Sick, That’s Just Magical Thinking
So argues Angela Kennedy on the new Opinion page at the recently relaunched Aeon magazine.

Is Serotonin The Happy Brain Chemical, and Do Depressed People Just Have Too Little of It? 
This is the debut post from Oxford University neuroscience grad student Sofia Deleniv on her new blog The Neurosphere.

Championing Responsible Antibiotic Use
Ella Rhodes at The Psychologist reports on a role for psychology and psychologists in tackling a major societal issue.

The Virtue of Contradicting Ourselves
We don’t just loathe inconsistencies in others; we hate them in ourselves, too. But why?" asks Adam Grant in this New York Times op-ed. "What makes contradictions so revolting — and should they be?"

Brain Scans Can Help Explain Why Self-Affirmation Works
Simply reflecting on what's important to you seems to bolster your psychological defenses, according to this new study that I covered for New York's Science of Us.

Can You Think Yourself Into A Different Person?
We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true? Will Storr at Mosaic wades through the facts and fiction.

The Observer Corps
As the "Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies" (BRAIN) initiative gets going in earnest, the Economist asks What is the way best to study the brain? Big labs or small?

Why Are Conspiracy Theories So Attractive? (audio)
From the latest Guardian Science Weekly podcast: Should we distrust our own ability to reason? Why is debunking conspiracy theories such a risky business? And is David Icke a force for good?
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

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