Eye-catching studies that didn’t make the final cut:

Danish study: 95-year-olds tested in 2010 had better cognitive functioning than 93-yr-olds tested a decade earlier.

Control groups in psychology don’t take full account of the placebo effect. This paper uses research into the benefits of video games to show how important it is to match participants’ expectations across treatment and control conditions that an intervention will work. (open access)

Men who score higher on psychopathy are better at lie detection; opposite pattern for women.

An fMRI study of inspirational coaching and mentoring.

Physical wounds heal faster in older adults who participate in expressive writing about upsetting events.

Greater cognitive deterioration in women than men with Alzheimer’s disease: A meta analysis.

Does the 5-factor model of personality apply in Africa?

The use of images and graphs through psychology’s history. 

Rubber hand illusion – no stroking required. Expectation of contact with the rubber hand is enough to induce the illusion.

Further evidence against the theory that people with autism have a broken mirror neuron system.
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.