In case you missed them – 10 of the best psychology links from the past week:
“The brain, the most mysterious object in the universe, but it can still make you behave like a bit of an idiot,” said Dara Ó Briain, introducing the latest edition of his Science Club programme on BBC 2, which this week focused on the brain. Guests included psychology doyenne Uta Frith.
Jules Evans – author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations – offers the top ten tips for recovering from a mental illness.
The latest edition of (US) psychiatry’s diagnostic code – DSM-5 – has been approved and will publish in May next year. Here’s Vaughan Bell at Mind Hacks with an irreverent take on the news.
Could boredom be curable? – Maria Konnikova for the Boston Globe.
Ed Yong for Nature gives the lowdown on a new simulated brain – “Spaun” – with 2.5 million virtual neurons that allow it to “recognize lists of numbers, do simple arithmetic and solve reasoning problems”.
There is room for free will in a world governed by the laws of physics – podcast of a recent talk at the LSE by Christian List.
The Guardian lists the top psychology books of 2012.
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.