Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:
2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully
An end-of-year roundup from the BrainPickings website.
Sickening and Morally Reprehensible
Ella Rhodes at The Psychologist magazine reports on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program (story requires free registration to access).
That CIA Torture Methods Were Pointless Is No Shock
The New Scientist reports that decades of research has shown that torture is an ineffective way to acquire intelligence from suspects.
9 Things I Wish People Understood About Anxiety
Kady Morrison, writing at Vox, was diagnosed with anxiety disorder five years ago.
Journalists’ Guide to fMRI Papers
What does fMRI really measure, plus many more questions answered by cognitive neuroscientist Jon Simons and friends.
Serial: Your Memory Can Play Tricks On You – Here’s How
“…at times we cannot even trust our own memory, let alone that of others,” writes Catherine Loveday at The Conversation.
10 Ways That Brain Myths Are Harming Us
Over at WIRED, I provided my response to the question – do brain myths matter?
The Mind-bending Effects of Feeling Two Hearts
David Robson at BBC Future reports on a patient whose experiences show the important part that bodily sensations play in our emotional lives (we reported on this patient last year).
Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy
The science of misheard lyrics, by Maria Konnikova at the New Yorker.
Why Is It That Zombies Eat Brains?
Zombies didn’t eat brains in Romero’s cult classic Night of the Living Dead, so where does the idea come from?