Eye-catching studies that didn’t make the final cut:
‘…background music disturbs the reading process, has some small detrimental effects on memory, but has a positive impact on emotional reactions and improves achievements in sports.’ A meta-analysis of the effect of background music on adult listeners.
‘Embarrassed participants’ fixated proportionally more on the eyes than controls and also fixated proportionally less on other less emotionally informative areas of the face …’ A study of where we look when we’re embarrassed.
‘Intriguingly, images of “built” environments containing water were generally rated just as positively as natural “green” space …’ How the presence of water affects our judgment of built and natural scenes.
A multi-faceted study of the development of relational reasoning (the ability to compare objects simultaneously across multiple dimensions) during adolescence, incorporating behavioural data with functional and structural brain imaging [pdf].