Link feast

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

Six of nature’s most devoted dads
New Scientist photo gallery of species where the usual gender roles of parenting are reversed.

Alexander Shulgin, Psychedelia Researcher, Dies at 88
New York Times obituary for the “rogue and wizard” chemist who created “almost 200 chemical compounds capable of rejiggering the quotidian functions of the mind.”

Will the Real Introverts Please Stand Up?
Scott Barry Kaufman at Scientific American with some insights into introversion that may surprise you.

What do you want to know about sleep? Neuroscientists answered your questions
The Guardian hosted an online question and answer session with sleep experts from the University of Oxford.

fMRI Glimpse
Short video in which psychologist Tom Hartley shows us the basic set up for a brain imaging experiment (ht @vaughanbell).

Lorna Wing was a psychiatrist who illuminated key aspects of autism and coined the term ‘Asperger syndrome’
Daily Telegraph obituary for the ground-breaking autism expert.

Ageing and the brain
BBC Radio 4 documentary on what happens to our minds as we get older.

In Defense of Brain Imaging
Virginia Hughes reports on a new paper that asks whether criticisms of brain imaging have gone too far.

Science Explains The Enduring Appeal Of Bland, Symmetrical Layouts
New research shows how the symmetry of the printed page can influence our interpretation of the content.

Readers recommend: songs about narcissism
From the Guardian Music blog.
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

2 thoughts on “Link feast”

  1. I consciously avoid these words because of speech training I had in high school.

  2. I have noticed that use of discourse markers increases in some people when they are distracted while trying to say something. I have one friend in particular who will start a sentence with few markers, then get distracted mid-thought, either by her own thoughts leaping ahead, or by something external. She then starts to pause between words, repeat words, and fill in with like or you know. I can actually stop the phenomenon by offering the next word she probably meant, or by asking a question about the original topic. So any result that does not account for distraction would seem to be overlooking important aspects of the habit, in my opinion.

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