Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week
Why Behavioral Economics Is Cool, and I’m Not
Organisational psychologist Adam Grant reflects on the unfortunate media habit of mislabelling psychology research as behavioural economics.
Who’s Afraid of Negative Psychology?
Neuroskeptic reflects on a recent article that warned real rigour in psychology risks descending into snark and outrage.
The Self is Not An Illusion
Video of veteran philosopher Mary Midgley in discussion at the RSA – minds can affect brains, not just the other way around, she argues.
The Woman Who Forgot the Names of Animals
And four other neuroscience patients who changed how we think about the brain, and ourselves.
Extroverts Don’t Belong on Mars
A new study suggests their personalities are not meant for long, isolated voyages.
The Science of Laughter with Sophie Scott
Video of the cognitive neuroscientist speaking at London’s Royal Institution.
Terrifying, Century-Old Photographs from Neuroscience Experiments
From research by Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne de Boulogne, who gave his name to the “Duchenne” smile.
Stone Age Sex
Neil McArthur asks if we will ever be liberated from the basic biological needs that drove our evolutionary past.
Cracking the Brain’s Codes
Christof Koch and Gary Marcus ask – How does the brain speak to itself?
Antidepressant Suicide Warnings “Backfired”
NHS Choices look at the research behind some recent worrying headlines.