In case you missed them – 10 of the best psychology links from the past week:
1. Channel 4 broadcast an astonishing documentary “How to build a bionic man“, in which psychologist Bertolt Meyer (who has a bionic hand) explored advances in prosthetics, and the psychological implications as they become ever more sophisticated and ubiquitous. The programme is now available on-demand.
2. After a Guardian blog post spread the most ridiculous gender neuromyths in its advice for encouraging more girls into science, thankfully balance was restored through Dean Burnett’s Brain Flapping blog, in a satirical riposte Boys and science: The gender gap and how to maintain it. (see also: this on why pseudoscience won’t help, and myths and facts about gender brain differences).
4. Mark Changizi had a theory that colour vision evolved for us to sense each other’s emotions. I09 tells the amazing story of how this led to his development of glasses that solve the problem of colour blindness.
5. “you’d probably be better off learning the piano, or Japanese, or even playing the latest Call of Duty” – Matt Wall takes a sceptical look at the multi-million dollar brain training industry.
7. Just how clever is your dog? Laurie Santos (Yale University) chatted with Brian Hare (Duke University, author of The Genius of Dogs) on BloggingHeads.TV.
8. “It is startling to realize that some of our most cherished memories may never have happened—or may have happened to someone else” – Oliver Sacks wrote on the distortions of memory for the New York Review of Books.