Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:
What’s Up With That: Why Do All My Friends Like the Same Music?
Nick Stockton at WIRED speaks to Petr Janata, a psychologist who studies music and the brain at UC Davis.
Conspiracy Theories Used To Be Just For eccentrics. Now Sensible People Are Getting Carried Away With Them Too
In one poll, nearly half of Scots said they believed the government was hiding an oil field. This, says Dorian Lynskey, is just the latest example of how belief in conspiracy theories is becoming more widespread.
Are Dolphins Cleverer Than Dogs?
Justin Gregg for the BBC surveys the evidence and concludes this is really the wrong question.
Have You Fallen Victim to the Guru Effect?
Neurobonkers sympathises with Michael Billig’s (author of Learn to Write Badly: How to Succeed in the Social Sciences) lament about the lack of transparent writing in the social sciences.
Amnesia – The Reality: Each Day a Blank Slate For the Man With No Memory
With the new Hollywood film Before I Go To Sleep presenting a rather misleading view of amnesia, the Independent profiles the real life struggles of amnesiac John Mills.
Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium?
Communities with more trace lithium in their drinking water have lower suicide rates. Psychiatrist Anna Fels wonders whether we should consider adding more of it to our diets.
At 24, Woman Discovers She Was Born Without A Key Brain Structure, The Cerebellum
Neurosurgeons in China have reported the case of a young woman who went to hospital complaining of dizziness only to discover that she’d been born without a cerebellum.
Resilience: How To Train a Tougher Mind
Emma Young at BBC Future looks at the science of mental resilience.
Runs In The Family
“Cricketing dynasties seem to imply that talent is genetic,” writes David Papineau at Aeon Magazine. “Yet the evidence from other sports queers the pitch”.
Should Policy Makers and Financial Institutions Have Access to Billions of Brain Scans?
The Neurocritic discusses the possible implications of a new brain imaging study that linked risk propensity with grey matter volume in the parietal lobe.