Eye-catching studies that didn’t make the final cut:

Our dreams lose their colour as we get older. (see earlier item on the Digest).

Infant whining is uniquely distracting, even more than machine noise (pdf).

For Fun, Love, or Money: What Drives Workaholic, Engaged, and Burned-Out Employees at Work?

Identifying uncoerced false confessions as told by real offenders: “more self-deprecations and doubts about own testimony in the told lies, and more unexpected complications in the truths.”

Wishful Thinking Belief, Desire, and the Motivated Evaluation of Scientific Evidence. (see earlier item on the Digest).

Psychological Health of Orphan Bonobos and Chimpanzees in African Sanctuaries.

You may have heard of Cyberball, a computer-based passing game that’s used to study the effects of ostracism (when the other players don’t pass you the ball). A new study uses a variation on this theme “Cyberbomb“, in which the ball can explode. Now participants don’t mind being left out so much. “Results showed that such a symbolic threat to survival is able to reduce the immediate distress caused by ostracism,” the researchers said.

Public skepticism of psychology: Why many people perceive the study of human behavior as unscientific.

You filthy beast! What makes animal metaphors so offensive?

Little evidence that rates of common mental disorder are rising in England.

[This post was compiled by Christian Jarrett for the BPS Research Digest.]