Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:
Perhaps My Oxytocin Was Low When I Read This Paper
Stats whizz Professor Andy Field turns his expert eye to the results of a high-profile paper that found the hormone oxytocin increases trust. His own analysis – “there is not really a lot of evidence that oxytocin affected trust.”
60 Free Journal Articles on Parapsychology
Courtesy of Taylor and Francis / Psychology Press (free access until the end of the year).
The Most Dangerous Idea in Mental Health
At the Pacific Standard Ed Cara argues that although recovered memory therapy has faded from public view, it’s never really gone away.
Re-examining Ellen Langer’s Classic Study of Giving Plants to Nursing Home Residents
Health psychologist Professor James Coyne takes a sceptical look at Langer’s classic study and the recent claims she’s made in the media about using the power of the mind to heal the body.
What Neuro-revolution? The Public Find Brain Science Irrelevant and Anxiety-provoking
Neuroscience seems like a hot topic, but a series of interviews with members of the British public finds that they see brain science as largely irrelevant to their lives.
Is The Sexist Scientific Workplace Really Dead?
A forthcoming study claims to have found that there is no sexism in academia. Athene Donald at The Guardian challenges this conclusion.
An Etymological Map of the Brain
Neuroskeptic shows us the original meanings of the obscure technical names of brain parts.
Why Do Obese Women Earn Less Than Thin Women (and Obese Men)?
Virginia Hughes presents evidence suggesting that obese women are discriminated against in the workplace and discusses why this might be.
“People once woke up halfway through the night to think, write or make love,” writes Karen Emslie at Aeon magazine. “What have we lost by sleeping straight through?”
Ten Tips for a Better Work-life Balance
Learn to say “No” and nine more pointers from The Guardian.