We don't just pick up on the same studies covered by the mainstream media. The editor regularly trawls hundreds of peer-reviewed journals looking for the latest findings from across the breadth of psychological science.
All our reports are based on a close reading of the original research papers. Our aim is to write accessible, accurate blog posts on those studies that make an important contribution, that are relevant to real life, timely, novel or thought-provoking.
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Complementing our main research reports, the Research Digest publishes occasional special guest features, such as psychologists describing "one nagging thing they don't understand about themselves". During April and May 2014, in the regular editor's absence, we hosted a number of star guest editors. As of June 2014, we now publish a guest blogger every two to three weeks. Another recent development is themed posts, in which we digest research on a given topic or question, such as the psychology of first impressions and the surprising abilities of babies. Finally, every Saturday, we publish a round-up of the previous week's best psychology links on the web.
The Digest story
The British Psychological Society's award-winning Research Digest blog launched in 2005 with the aim of providing original, authoritative reports on the latest psychology research papers. In 2014, the Digest underwent significant expansion with the part-time Editor/Writer appointed full-time, the appointment of an additional regular contributor, and through the commissioning of guest contributions every two to three weeks.
Under Jarrett's editorship, the Digest blog won "best psychology blog" in the 2010 inaugural Research Blogging awards, and was "finalist" in the psychology/neuroscience category in the 2013 Science Seeker Blogging Awards.
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