Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:
Down The Culinary Rabbit Hole
Over at The Psychologist magazine, Chef Heston Blumenthal describes his work with psychologists, and there’s an exclusive extract from The Perfect Meal: The Multisensory Science of Food and Dining, by Charles Spence and Betina Piqueras-Fiszman (free registration required).
The Best Optical Illusions to Bend Your Eyes and Blow Your Mind – In Pictures
Highlights from the book Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing and Believing, which was recently awarded the Royal Society Young People’s book prize.
What Makes a Terrorist Stop Being a Terrorist?
John Horgan for The Conversation discusses de-radicalisation.
Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered
Mo Costandi reports on new findings concerning a white-matter tract at the back of the brain.
The Self is Moral
“We tend to think that our memories determine our identity,” argues Nina Strohminger at Aeon magazine, “but it’s moral character that really makes us who we are.”
I Nearly Died. So What?
Meghan Daum at the New York Times draws on her own experiences to challenge the fashionable idea that crises always impart lessons and bring out the best in people.
Ivan Pavlov’s Real Quest
A new biography argues that “much of what we thought we knew about Pavlov has been based on bad translations and basic misconceptions,” says Michael Specter in the New Yorker.
The “Pink vs Blue” Gender Myth
Claudia Hammond at BBC Future explores whether girls really are born with a preference for pink.
BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind
The latest episode covers problem gambling, a new take on Milgram, plus the latest psychology research discussed by me (the Research Digest Editor).
All week at her Only Human blog, Virginia Hughes has been exploring what it means to be a person, covering topics such as conception and death.