Link feast

Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:

How Mistakes Can Save Lives: One Man’s Mission to Revolutionise the NHS.
Ian Leslie in The New Statesman looks at how human factors psychology from the aviation industry is at last being applied to healthcare.

Happy Birthday Tetris!
Tom Stafford explains the psychology of Tetris’s appeal, and describes ways the game has been used in psychology research.  

Why Have Female Hurricanes Killed More People Than Male Ones?
Ed Yong for National Geographic reports on a study that claims female-named hurricanes are more deadly because implicit gender stereotypes lead people to perceive less threat. But Yong asks – is the finding merely a statistical fluke?

Mirror Neurons Are Essential, but Not in the Way You Think
Jason Goldman for Natilus debunks the hype about these fascinating brain cells. 

Scott Sleek for The APS Observer on what the eyes can tell us about mood, cognition and human health. 

Morality Pills: Reality or Science Fiction?
Molly Crockett for the Guardian explains how the science is more complicated than headline writers would have you believe. 

Nudge economics: has push come to shove for a fashionable theory?
Tim Adams for The Guardian on Daniel Kahneman’s nemesis, psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer.

The Secret Life of Babies 
26 days left to watch this ITV documentary 

The Search for Psychology’s Lost Boy
Tom Bartlett for the Chronicle on the controversy surrounding the search for Little Albert’s true identity. 

The psychology of your future self
Newly posted TED Talk by Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert, the author of Stumbling on Happiness. 


 Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

8 thoughts on “Link feast”

  1. Strangely enough, in the cg cartoon Anakin is shown in a nicer sense. He acts more like Gregory House ( he generally tries to help others ) than Darth Vader. This article makes me want to watch the films, I don't know if that is a good thing or not.

  2. This doesn't surprise me in the least. I've been writing for years about a similar problem with pharmacokinetics testing done for medications. What's the point of PK data that's from only healthy white men between the ages of 22 and 55 for most medications?

    The PK data in the prescribing information should come from the Phase IIIB clinical trials. Phase I trials use that nearly-identical demographic of professional guinea pigs who take one, often sub-therapeutic dose first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and that's the official PK data. Even when food is not a requirement, and a drug is not used for insomnia, a medication may not necessarily be taken before breakfast.

  3. I think the world would be a much better place without people who are so oversensitive that they can't hold down a job or function as parents because they're constantly in personal crisis.

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