About us

Published by the British Psychological Society since 2005, this blog aims to demonstrate how fascinating and useful psychological science can be, while also casting a critical eye over the methods used.

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.

You can follow the Digest via our fortnightly email newsletter (launched prior to the blog in 2003), Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google + page.

Other features

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.

The Editor of the Digest since its inception, and creator of the Digest blog, is Chartered Psychologist and BPS Associate Fellow Dr Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer). Christian writes the majority of the Digest material, commissions and edits all contributions, and he presents the Digest's PsychCrunch podcast. Christian became a full-time science writer after completing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Manchester. He's the author of the Rough Guide to Psychology and Great Myths of the Brain. Email Christian.

Since June 2014, Christian is assisted by contributing writer, Chartered Psychologist Dr Alex Fradera (@alexfradera), formerly editor of the discontinued BPS Occupational Digest. Alex's doctoral research at UCL was in the area of autobiographical memory. Today he combines a career in science writing with work in business psychology and improvisation. Email Alex.

The Managing Editor of The Psychologist magazine, the Research Digest's parent publication, is Dr Jon Sutton (@jonmsutton). Jon proposed that the BPS launch a "Research Digest" service in 2003 and he oversees Christian's work. A BPS Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow, Jon joined the Society in March 2000 from a psychology lectureship at Glasgow Caledonian University (go here for a summary of his academic work). Email Jon.

Award

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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