5 chances to win The Myth of Martyrdom

This competition is now closed and the winners contacted. We have five copies to give away of The Myth of Martyrdom What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers by Adam Lankford, kindly donated to us by Palgrave Macmillan.

From the publishers: “Drawing on an array of primary sources, including suicide notes, love letters, diary entries, and martyrdom videos, Lankford reveals the important parallels that exist between suicide bombers, airplane hijackers, cult members, and rampage shooters. The result is an astonishing account of rage and shame that will transform the way we think of terrorism forever.” (Check out this review from Scientific American Mind).

For your chance to win a copy, simply post a comment to this blog entry telling us which was your favourite Research Digest blog item of 2012 and why (there’s a drop-down archive menu in the right-hand column). We’ll pick five winners at close of play on Friday. Please leave a way for us to contact you by email. Good luck!

37 thoughts on “5 chances to win The Myth of Martyrdom”

  1. My favourite post was the one on reasons for
    young children to learn walking
    ( http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/why-do-toddlers-bother-learning-to-walk.html ).

    It is such a fundamental question that I was
    surprised it hadn't been addressed before.
    However, Karen Adolph et al. found a simple,
    yet elegant way to investigate the question
    and deliver another 'Ah!'-moment for my work
    as well as personal curiosity.

    drumheadv [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. The Duchenne Smile article was good since this challenges everything my Oatley book said about whether one can fake this kind of smile too – and my lecturer used this article to illustrate this. Thank you!

  3. i like all your posts christian, and i really would like to know what makes these people “tick”

  4. My favourite post was 'When Sales Staff Smile, Everyone Wins' – http://www.bps-research-digest.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/when-sales-staff-smile-everyone-wins.html
    it was an interesting piece of research, and ended up giving me a new way to think about some of the interactions that I had working in retail to pay my way through University.

    One of the most common complaints from customers in this country is that the sales assistant didn't smile, and this research went some way to explaining why this is so important!

    Also, it made the point that customers have their part to play in interactions by saying thankyou and being civil – something which gets oveerlooked far too often on our modern service culture.

    jwpurvis [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk

  5. I liked “Made it! An uncanny number of psychology findings manage to scrape into statistical significance”. It was a timely reminder to not only look only at individual research findings, but look at the entire body of research on a subject. I even retweeted it 🙂

    Also very curious about this book. I believe this will come up as one of the biggest issues for psychology to solve in the coming decade, and one of the areas where psychological research can have a huge positive impact.


  6. I stumbled onto this blog from twitter, so I spent some time going back through the past articles. The article I found that could be most applied in an every-day setting was the July 30th, 2012 blog post titled “Beat anger by imagining you're a fly on the wall.” I think that there are occurrences every day that cause anger to rise within us, whether at home, work or in public. By bringing attention to ways to neutralize anger and adopting “a self-distanced perspective,” it allows people to think twice about past and future actions.

    hipercee at gmail dot com

  7. Some terrifying psychology links for Halloween' in October 2012 was my favourite feature. It was a great mix of journals and entertaining reads (e.g. 'What spooks the masters of horror? Top horror movie makers say which films scared them the most).

    Not technically a blog post as it was more of a links feast; but I hope it still counts!

  8. My favourite blog was from July 31 'Using yuk! and weird! to teach children new morals'.

    Not only did this blog introduce me to my new favourite joke-shop product 'Liquid ASS' (which I will never be too old to laugh at), it has also provided me with an interesting starting point for my third year dissertation idea, looking at morals and the formation of prejudice in children.

    lydia [dot] wade [at] gmail [dot] com

  9. My favourite research digest from 2012 was called: Psychologists create nonbelieved memories in the laboratory, posted 25 April: http://www.bps-research-digest.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/psychologists-create-non-believed.html
    I like this post because it was about the first paper I ever published, and this post caused an increase in the numbers downloads of the paper. Thanks Research Digest, thanks Christian Jarrett.
    My email address is a.clark@rhul.ac.uk
    Andy Clark

  10. The article I have found most interesting lately that you have blogged was: http://www.bps-research-digest.blogspot.co.uk/2012_12_01_archive.html

    “Benevolent sexism puts women off from asking for help”

    I found the study interesting as it concludes that even a seemingly minor exposure to benevolent sexism can put women off from asking for help, and this in turn makes them feel bad.

    The reason I liked the blog article though was because in the last paragraph you questioned the conditions used in the experiment. It seemed to me that the main reason the women stopped themselves from asking for help was because they were exposed to a woman who complained about a 'typical man' who 'thinks a woman is incapable of working on her own'. This seemed to me that the women were being told that this particular woman (the experimenter) believed women can and should work on their own. I could be wrong, but it doesn't seem as though that possibility was eliminated. Anyway, I've been doing a lot of research into this question ever since.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book, I'd be quite chuffed if I won it.

    Kind regards,

    Terri O'Sullivan

  11. I liked this one about the “framing effect” and how it disappears when the other person is using a language that's not your native language.

    (I was going to say my favorite was the one about thoughts of death and intelligent design, but that one was from 2011! Whoops!)

    Lindsay Gehring

    thelittlegreekguy at hotmail dot com

  12. I enjoyed the post entitled “How the presence of an uninformative photo makes a statement more believable”. It really helps me to contextualize those moments when you watch some commercial without ever figuring out what all those random montages and images had to do with the product, the answer may be nothing!

    Ryan Stevens

  13. My favorite was about scientists who discovered children's cells living in their mothers' brains. I'd heard of chimerism before, but didn't think it could happen from mother-to-child. It opens up a lot of ideas of mother-child cell interactions. Who knew?!

    – Kim

  14. My favourite post was the Does your boyfriend let you out of his sight? I feel not enough research has been done around this subject and it needs to be addressed further.

  15. just FB ed you there christian i hope i win because i hear this book costs a bomb… bert

  16. I liked 23rd July's, “Blue Monday does not exist”. Good sample size, conclusion contrary to popular belief, simple and grounded in most peoples experience. The very reason why I still read this blog after having finished my Psychology A-level, a 5 min browse and I'll come away with some new knowledge.


  17. I most liked the one on attitudes towards migrants and the idea that they are evaluated more negatively because'they are awkward to think about'. I am working on similar research as part of my MRes now, and I thought 'damn! someone just done the same research! 😉

    email 08006216@live.napier.ac.uk

  18. Ooh, tricky question! I think that my favourite article of the year has to be the one about social awkwardness –


    It's such a clear and simple piece of research, taking a step back from the more subjective feelings of embarrassment to see what actually makes us feel that horrible awkwardness that we all know. As Clegg said in his article, it will be interesting to see the potential clinical benefits of this research.



  19. My favourite article was Is Psychology A Science? I find this interesting because every other piece I'd read about it psychologists were trying to defend is scientific status, which is fair enough because we need more funding. However it was really nice to see somebody who defended science but at the same time didn't insult the social sciences. I think if psychology is to be a science, we need to lose all the research that can't be measured empirically such as Freud. But on the other hand, losing Freud would be awful because as a student he is my number one favourite psychologist! Second to Zimbardo. It was also useful to use in my a level exam as it comes up as an argument in issues and debates for AQA A.

    Shannah Berry
    @supershannah on twitter

  20. My favourite, was Introducing “inattentional deafness” – the noisy gorilla that's missed (from July).

    It resonated with some of my work on safety so I downloaded the audio onto an iPad and ran round my office experimenting on my colleagues. My results (14 out of 19 missed the gorilla) was very close to their results so I dropped the team an email about it. Got a nice reply.


  21. I really like 'Does crying really make you feel better?’ because crying does not actively make someone feel better but, rather helps people avoid feeling worse. It helps relieve negative feelings a person may have. But, as crying has it's benefits there are limitations.
    Definitely a great study.


  22. I liked this one…

    …about the company that only employs autistic individuals. Super article that displays the positive and practical creativity that is needed to be applied to so many of these medical labels. For me, it transforms the notion of being 'judged by the label' into 'head-hunted for the label'. One word summary – refreshing! martin.brennan@ymail.com

Comments are closed.