Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:
The Trouble With Brain Science
The problem, argues Gary Marcus, is that we’ve yet to achieve a breakthrough that bridges psychology and neuroscience.
Head of White House “Nudge Unit” Maya Shankar Speaks about Newly Formed US Social and Behavioral Sciences Team
News broke last summer that the US was planning to follow the UK by setting up its own “Nudge Unit”. Here the PsychReport brings us fresh details of the recently formed unit, based on recent public engagements by Shankar.
Psychological treatments: A call for mental-health science
“Clinicians and neuroscientists must work together to understand and improve psychological treatments” – Nature comment article by clinical psychologist Emily Holmes et al.
When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home
“Cortisol levels didn’t spike when the volunteers were at work. They soared when the volunteers were home.”
Oh! You pretty things
Cast aside your preconceptions – the data show that today’s youth are more polite and better behaved than ever.
Young people explain psychosis on film
The BBC introduces us to John Richardson, the film-maker behind a new video in which people who’ve had psychosis share their experiences.
Babies’ Brains ‘Rehearse’ Speech Months Before They Talk
Report includes link to adorable video of babies having their brains scanned.
Can science explain consciousness?
Guardian Science podcast revisits a classic episode from its archives.
How Becoming a Father Changes Your Brain
“Before now, nearly all human research on the neural effects of parenting has been focused on mothers.”
How to choose?
When your reasons are worse than useless,” writes Michael Shulson, “sometimes the most rational choice is a random stab in the dark.”
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.