Democrats and Republicans can be distinguished from photographs of their faces. Observers base discrimination judgements on power and warmth – people who look more powerful are identified as Republican, those who look warm as Democrat.
Wished-for objects are perceived as being closer. ‘We suggest that seeing desirable objects as closer than less desirable objects serves the self-regulatory function of energizing the perceiver to approach objects that fulfill needs and goals.’
Connectivity in the default mode network as a marker for level of consciousness in brain damaged patients. What’s the default mode network? See ‘the Resting Brain‘ article in the Psychologist magazine.
Analysing how text-books from 1984 to 2005 illustrate AIDS. ‘Images of AIDS continue to invoke concepts of “the Other,” death, victimization, and culpability. It is difficult to discuss AIDS without accessing its stereotypes.’
A few highlights from the Digest editor’s Twitter feed:
How to manage behaviour in the classroom. 10 tips from the Guardian.
Football referees ‘more likely to penalise taller players’, say researchers (Observer article).