Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:
Why Psychologists’ Food Fight Matters
Michelle Meyer and Christopher Chabris with an in-depth overview of the recent rows and controversies about replication in psychology.
Psychology Comes To Halt As Weary Researchers Say The Mind Cannot Possibly Study Itself
The Onion imagines a world in which scholars of the mind give up.
Neuroscience vs. Philosophy: Explaining the Secrets of the Mind
Video of a debate hosted by the Institute of Art and Ideas, featuring cognitive scientist Margaret Boden, neurobiologist Steven Rose, and philosopher Barry Smith.
Neuroscience: Why Do We See Faces in Everyday Objects?
David Robson explains the psychology underlying “pareidolia” – our tendency to see faces and other identifiable patters in randomness.
Functional Neuroimaging’s Neymar Problem
Neuroskeptic reports on a new study that found star footballer Neymar da Silva Santos exhibits less brain activity than others when moving his foot. This is the well-known neurological signature of expertise, he says, but what does this mean for how we interpret reduced brain activity in patient populations?
The Great Forgetting
Kristin Ohlson for Aeon magazine, on what happens to our earliest memories.
In this month’s Psychologist magazine Stephanie Taylor takes a social psychological perspective on the rise of the “creative economy” in modern Britain.
Guess I’ll Go Eat Worms
Robin Marantz Henig with a personal take on the psychology of loneliness.
When Do Kids Realize They’re Going to Grow Up?
Although they attribute magical powers to birthday parties, kids do seem to understand the concept of ageing by the time they reach pre-school.
The New Face of Richard Norris
“What’s it like to live with a face that wasn’t yours—and that may never quite be?”