In case you missed them – 10 of the best psychology links from the past week:
3. Scientific American Mind reviews Drunk Tank Pink – the new book about disfluency and other environmental psychological effects by Adam Alter. Disfluency is the idea that the ease with which we can process something affects our attitudes towards it and how deeply we think about it. Alter has a great essay explaining the concept at Edge.org and there’s a YouTube video of him chatting with Malcolm Gladwell about his new book. (more on disfluency from The Psychologist).
4. How do people arrange themselves in an elevator? Higher status folk stand at the back, apparently.
6. “Mr Clifford’s expertise in the field of epidemiology is a matter of debate.” NHS Choices dissects media coverage of a recent study linking fame with reduced longevity
7. Eight reasons you’ll probably never upload your mind to a computer. (check out this novel based on the first ever brain upload)
9. Brain training tends to get a bad press – at least from more scientific quarters – so it made a change to hear a psychologist stand up for the field, as Scott Barry Kaufman did over at his Beautiful Minds blog this week: “In Defense of Working Memory Training” (although he does end up conceding that you’d be better off going to martial arts classes or a good school).
10. I tried reading books on Kindle for about a year, but I’ve reverted back to print books. This article by Ferris Jabr describes brilliantly the contrasting experiences of reading paper and electronic books, and he gives a comprehensive overview of research into whether there are any effects on our memory and comprehension for what we’ve read.
Looking ahead to next week, on Tues evening Psychology in the Pub in London tackles what men and women want.