Saturday, 28 June 2014

Link feast

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

The Man Who Saw Time Freeze
At BBC Future, David Robinson interviews a patient who saw drops from a shower appear like slowed-down bullets in the Matrix movie.

This Is Your Brain on Writing
Carl Zimmer reports on a a brain scan study of experienced and novice creative writers. But Steve Pinker is sceptical.

The PTSD Epidemic: Many Suffering, Few Solutions
"...neither the Pentagon nor the Department of Veterans Affairs has any idea if the billions they’re spending on PTSD treatments are doing any good."

The Inaugural All in The Mind Award Winners Are Announced
Listen again on BBC iPlayer as Claudia Hammond hosts the awards for the people who went beyond the call of duty in helping those with mental health difficulties.

On The Trail of the Elusive Successful Psychopath
Scott Lilienfeld and company separate fact from fiction

Secrets of the Creative Brain
Nancy Andreasen provides a fascinating in-depth account of her career spent researching the psychology and neuroscience creativity.

Developmental Psychology’s Weird Problem
Most of the findings are based on rich kids, but some forward-looking researchers are attempting to change this.

Small Data: The British are slightly happier than the French
According to the latest data released by the Office for National Statistics.

The Sun Does Not Rise
"How magical thinking haunts our everyday language, and fossilised ideas live on in even the most sophisticated science."

Why The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Is Misleading, Inaccurate, And Unscientific
It's used by companies the world over, yet this popular test is not grounded in contemporary personality science.


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


  1. Alicia1:00 a.m.

    This is an interesting study. Of all the students used did they all have dual linguistics, and speak multiply languages and what languages where the seminars and lectures in? I would think they must in order to have a good test sample of cognitive CQ. Using a large group of divers students helps give validity to the test, but having a missed retest decreases the reliability of the sample! I would tend to agree that students who have broadened their horizons have an increased CQ, but I would then tend to look at economic status of some students who would be very interested in staying in another country but financial can not! They may know more just from mere research, agreeing that cultural intelligence can be develop through academics alone!

  2. I find these studies extremely interesting. With the CQ being the new test in town, I really like how researchers are able to measure cultural intelligence and awareness. What I found extremely interesting was that the correlation between residence history and motivational CQ was unchanged by the training. With study 2 showing showing generally weaker effects and including a no control group, there is no wonder why the CQ training was important for the first study. I would like to see more studies in the future from Mr. Eisenberg to further strengthen the accuracy of the CQ. These early studies prove that there is absolutely no doubt that cultural awareness and intelligence can be achieved through various academic courses. I am eager to see what further information on cultural intelligence appears in the future! I might go test it out myself.

  3. alexfradera1:25 p.m.

    Hi Alicia and Adam, thanks for your comments. They are interesting findings, and I think the lack of impact of residence training on motivational CQ is definitely notable. You would think an effect would occur; perhaps a moderator variable (such as perceived need to perform or improve due to work or social demands) is critical here.

    To your questions, Alicia, the average number of languages the students reported speaking proficiently was 2.74 (SD: 0.95) in the first study and 3.07 (SD: 0.85) in the second. The language the course was delivered in actually isn't reported.

  4. Allyson8:50 p.m.

    It is interesting to examine other forms of intelligence, especially cultural because different cultures view intelligence differently. While the United States places the emphasis on academic, other countries do not. I am very intrigued that students could be "taught" culture. However, it makes sense to me that motivational and behavioral would be difficult to teach in a traditional way if at all, those aspects may only improve through experience and even then if is hard to change someone's behavior.

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  6. It's interesting to attempt to test different aspects of human intelligence. It's hard to believe that you can teach people to be interested in other cultures, but I think the seminars and classes could help spark an interest and help develop cultural intelligence. As the study points out, cultural intelligence can only be taught to some extent. Other factors like personality and upbringing have the strongest influence on whether or not one will continue to pursue their interest in other cultures.

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