Link feast

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.

In Scientific American, a mindblowing article about children’s cells living on in their mothers’ brains – and the effects they might have.

Jules Evans – author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations – offers the top ten tips for recovering from a mental illness.

There’s free access to all Springer Psychology journals until the end of this month.

Brain scans might not be as beguiling as is often assumed.

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.