In case you missed them – 10 of the best psychology links from the past week:
1. Scientists from Germany and Canada have created the most detailed map of the brain ever. The Big Brain Atlas is part of the EU’s €1-billion Human Brain Project. Nature has a plain English report with video.
2. David Dobbs reports on an exciting, though preliminary, brain imaging study that hints at a possible biomarker for whether a depressed patient will respond better to drug treatment or psychotherapy.
4. Gary Marcus provided a counter-balance to the recent mood for neuroscepticism: “Our aim should not be to pick the brain over the mind, or vice versa, but to build stronger bridges between our understandings of the two,” he wrote. (see also the footnote at the end of Dobbs’ blog post).
5. Virginia Hughes gathered together a great round up of illusory effects for Nautilus Magazine, including the bizarre Flashed Face Distortion Effect, which turns celebrities ugly. We’ve reported on many of these effects here at the Digest, including inattentional blindness, pareidolia, and misdirection.
8. Our Occupational Digest reports a new finding – People assume that conflict at work between two women will be worse longer term than conflict between two men, in terms of less chance of reconciliation and willingness of the parties to stay in their work roles. But as editor Alex Fradera points out, it’s not clear if this perception is justified. He adds: “we need research that goes beyond attitudes to what actually happens in the workplace, in all-male relationships as well as all-female.”