Our round-up of links to the latest and best psych writing and broadcasting:
” … the built environment could — and should — be radically reconceptualized around the fundamental workings of the human mind.” I agree – more dialogue between psychology and architecture is long overdue. The Psychologist had a feature on this topic in 2006.
On a similar theme: How our brains navigate the city.
Priming studies – for example, in which exposure to ageing-related words leads participants to walk away more slowly – could be prone to experimenter effects. A new study, excellently covered by Ed Yong, found that the participants only walked away more slowly when the experimenters knew which priming condition they were in.
Worth a look? New book: The Joy of Sin, The Psychology of The Seven Deadly Sins (and Why They’re Good For You). The Psychologist magazine had a feature on this topic last year.
Suffering from choice paralysis? Sheena Iyengar’s TED talk will help (she’s the author of The Art of Choosing).
A new book investigates people who are capable of learning numerous languages. Maria Popova of Brain Pickings says: “Captivating and illuminating, Babel No More is as much an absorbing piece of investigative voyeurism into superhuman feats as it is an intelligent invitation to visit the outer limits of our own cerebral potential.”
The value of eye movement research was highlighted in Time magazine: “Scientists are discovering that eye movement patterns — where we look, and for how long — reveals important information about how we read, how we learn and even what kind of people we are”. (Disclaimer: my PhD was on eye movements!)
How would you behave in an emergency? Bruce Hood reflects on the behaviour of the vilified captain of the Costa Concordia.
Roy Baumeister is talking at LSE next Tues (24/1/2012) about willpower. The event is free and will also be podcast. I predict Will Self won’t be in the audience.
That’s all, have a fun weekend!