Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:
Maria Konnikova profiles her former mentor Walter Mischel – the creator of the famous Marshmallow Experiments – who has published his first pop psychology book at age 84.
A new paper claims that there’s a consensus among experts that violent media cause aggression in children. At the Guardian Head Quarters blog, Pete Etchells and Chris Chambers criticise both the findings of the paper and the editorial processes that led to its publication.
The three joint winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine appeared as guests on the Guardian Science Weekly podcast.
James Hamblin at the Atlantic looks into the latest research that suggests we’re happier anticipating purchased experiences than material goods.
By understanding the cultural background to different forms of greeting we can better anticipate when to go for the fist bump, bro hug or even a standard handshake, says the Crew Blog.
The idea of “levelling” – adjusting reading material to suit each child’s ability – has come in for criticism lately, says Annie Murphy Paul at the Atlantic, but a new online programme could provide a way to offer the benefits of levelling, while also keeping children sufficiently challenged.
Find out what happened when sceptic Mark Tilbrook handed out fliers at a psychic event, encouraging people to think about the clues that might distinguish between someone with supernatural powers and someone who just appears to have them.
The Neurocritic presents highlights from a paper charting the rising of “neuro-ization”.
It’s more helpful to think of Milgram’s shock experiments as a work of art, than as science, says Malcolm Harris at Aeon magazine. That way, they “can tell us about much more than obedience to authority; they speak to memory, trauma, repetition, the foundations of post-war social thought, and the role of science in modernity.”
An interview with John Cacioppo, one of the world’s leading experts on loneliness.