Our round-up of the latest juicy titbits in the world of psychology:
All week long BBC Radio 3 has been running a series of programmes “The Darkest Hour” on insomnia.
“You love your iPhone, literally,” claimed a risible neuro-nonsense op-ed column in the New York Times. Leading psychologists and neuroscientists aired their irritation in a joint letter to the paper. Neurocritic dissects the column’s claims.
The mighty Steve Pinker has a new book out ““The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined“. Scientific American Mind interviewed him about the book. Positive review from Slate magazine. Negative review in Prospect magazine.
The latest issue of our own Psychologist magazine is out now, and includes an open-access comment special on the recent English riots.
Nature has a news feature on the increase in retractions of science papers.
The latest Neuropod podcast is online and includes a feature on how the brain is adapted for reading.
Psychologist Aric Sigman wrote a tendentious article about the health risks of daycare for babies and young children. Developmental psych expert Prof Dorothy Bishop took him to task for scare-mongering and misrepresenting the literature. So too did the Guardian’s Ben Goldacre. Read Sigman’s response and the response from the editors of The Biologist, where the much-criticised article was published.