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 reports 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 has over the years published a number of special guest features - look out for more in the future. Also, during April to May 2014, in the editor's absence, we hosted a number of star guest editors. From June 2014, the Digest started publishing a commissioned guest contribution every two to three weeks. Another new development is the launch of a format in which we digest studies pertaining to a particular topic or question, with the first such post covering the psychology of first impressions. Finally, every Saturday, we now publish a round-up of the previous week's best psychology links on the web.
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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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