Our editor and contributing writer (see below) are both qualified in psychology to PhD level and they read thoroughly all the peer-reviewed research reported on. Also, the editor doesn't just pick up on the same studies covered by the mainstream media. He regularly trawls hundreds of peer-reviewed journals looking for the latest findings from across the breadth of psychological science – from brain scan studies all the way to qualitative research on what it's like to experience of mental illness; from research on sports psychology to studies of babies' behaviour.
Our aim is to write accessible, accurate blog posts on those psychology studies that make an important contribution, that are relevant to real life, timely, novel or thought-provoking. We strive to write in a style that educates, entertains and generates interest, but without resorting to hype.
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Complementing our main research reports, the Research Digest publishes monthly longer themed posts, occassional mini-series, guest posts, and every Saturday, we publish a round-up of the previous week's best psychology links on the web. In February 2015, we launched our podcast, PsychCrunch.
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 a contributing writer, and through the commissioning of regular guest contributions.
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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