Our editor’s pick of this week’s 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:
All in the Brain? (open letter)
British psychologist Richard Bentall has written an open letter to Stephen Fry, asking him to stop describing his mental illness as a purely biomedical problem when speaking about it to the public.
Psychology’s Replication Crisis Has a Silver Lining (opinion)
Harvard psychologist Paul Bloom argues at The Atlantic that it’s an opportunity for the field to lead.
Angela Duckworth on Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (podcast)
The US psychologist appeared on the latest episode of The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman (see also).
Standardized Testing is Not The Enemy (opinion)
Writing at the Boston Globe, two psychologists defend the use of standardised tests in schools.
Columbine: A killer in The Family (BBC documentary)
For the first time, Sue Klebold, the mother of one of the Columbine High School shooters, talks about trying to come to terms with what happened and her efforts to raise awareness about children’s mental health issues.
No Monkeying Around: Toddlers as Inventive As Wild Apes at Using Tools (research news)
Whether digging for insects or cracking nuts, children, like apes, work out how to use tools to solve problems without learning from others, reports Ian Sample at The Guardian.
Why the A-level Psychology Exam is Already Out of Date (opinion)
Two university professors writing at The Conversation say the new syllabus is too focused on problems in individuals rather than society at large.
Does Mental Illness Enhance Creativity? (research overview)
It’s widely held that it does – but what does the evidence say? asks Claudia Hammond at BBC Future.
Four Neuromyths That Are Still Prevalent in Schools – Debunked (plea)
It’s not true that you only use 10% of your brain, nor can you categorise students by ‘learning styles’ – let’s cut this nonsense from classrooms, writes Bradley Busch at The Guardian [Ed: if you’re interested in more on this, I heard there’s a good book on brain myths].
The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of Our Ordinary Lives (book review)
“When James Douglas, a 31 year old doctor and researcher, set out to collect details about all the babies born in the week of 3-9 March 1946, he didn’t know he was beginning a cohort study.” The Independent reviews a new book about a British study that has tracked the lives of six generations.
Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.
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