Our editor’s pick of this week’s 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:
A Matter of Life and Death
Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson at The Psychologist argue there’s a role for psychologists in helping people with their Advance Decisions.
Why ‘Cool’ Is Still Cool
Language is constantly evolving. Certain words and phrases catch on and become popular while others die out and wither away, writes Jonah Berger at the New York Times‘ Gray Matter column. So what leads some phrases to become more successful than others? (see also)
What Happens When You Can’t Talk to Yourself?
How a missing inner monologue affects the sense of self. By Claire Cameron for Nautilus.
Hallucinations? They May Just Be Caused By a Fold in the Brain
Charlotte Rae at The Conversation reports on a new piece of research.
Jane Wardle Obituary
Psychology is mourning the loss of a leading behavioural scientist in the field of cancer prevention.
Opinion: Brain Scans in the Courtroom
Advances in neuroimaging have improved our understanding of the brain, but the resulting data do little to help judges and juries determine criminal culpability. So argues Andreas Kuersten in The Scientist.
Men’s and Women’s Brains Appear to Age Differently
A new study I reported on for New York‘s Science of Us highlights why we shouldn’t assume talk of biological gender differences is always a gateway to misogyny.
Scientific Faith Is Different From Religious Faith
Not all beliefs are equal, writes Paul Bloom at The Atlantic.
How Envy Changes As You Get Older
The things you’re jealous of at 20 aren’t the same as the things that will drive you nuts at 50, writes Melissa Dahl at New York‘s Science of Us.
‘I Took the Plunge and Chose the Risky Option’
In the latest issue of The Psychologist, Lance Workman meets Gerd Gigerenzer, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Harding Center for Risk Literacy in Berlin.
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.
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