Link Feast

We trawled the web for the week’s 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:

How I Overcame the Fear of Public Speaking
Organisational Psychologist Adam Grant shares his experience for the Quiet Revolution website.

It’s Not Just Cricket
As the 2015 Ashes series comes to England, Jamie Barker and Matt Slater consider the psychology at play in an article for The Psychologist.

Why Is It So Hard to Take Your Own Advice?
Melissa Dahl investigates for The Cut and finds psychologists are just as guilty of this as everyone else.

The Data or the Hunch?
“More and more decisions, from the music business to the sports field, are being delegated to data,” writes Ian Leslie in a feature for Intelligent Life. “But where does that leave our intuition?”

The Marketing Industry Has Started Using Neuroscience, But the Results Are More Glitter Than Gold
The idea behind neuromarketing is that the brain can reveal hidden and profitable truths, but this is misleading, writes Vaughan Bell for The Observer.

Face It, Your Brain Is a Computer
“Airplanes may not fly like birds, but they are subject to the same forces of lift and drag,” writes Gary Marcus in the New York Times. “Likewise, there is no reason to think that brains are exempt from the laws of computation.”

New Proof That We’re Not As Busy As We Think
Fastcompany reports the results from a new time survey conducted in the US that found that on an average day, 96 per cent of Americans had some time for leisure activities such as watching TV.

Welcome To the Empathy Wars
The “anti-empathy brigade” led by psychologist Paul Bloom “is badly mistaken” argues Roman Krznaric at

Standard Center for Reproducible Neuroscience
Russell Poldrack and his colleagues launch their new Center which aims to “… harness high-performance computing to make neuroscience research more reliable.”

This new play at the National Theatre’s Temporary Theatre is about the adolescent brain and was created in consultation with cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. Advance tickets are sold out but a limited number will be available on each performance day starting July 21.
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.