Our editor’s pick of the 10 best psychology and neuroscience links from the last week or so:
Secrets of Super Siblings
Nine families raised children who all went on to extraordinary success. Here’s what they have in common.
‘When Life Hands You a Lemon, Just Bite In’
Judith Rich Harris takes Lance Workman at The Psychologist through her extraordinary fightback against entrenched views of child development.
The Beautiful Yet Twisted History of Psychological Testing
The early 20th century saw a boom in experimental and beautiful, but ultimately fraught, diagnostic tests. A new book entitled Psychobook compiles them in a gorgeous collection and is available next month.
Why Do Children Lie?
In this BBC Radio 4 documentary, psychotherapist Philippa Perry delves into the world of childhood deception to discover when and why children lie. Philippa speaks to author Ian Leslie who believes that a child’s first lie is a cause for celebration.
Twins Live Longer ‘Because Close Relationships Are Good For Us’
… according to an analysis of almost 3,000 pairs of twins published in the journal PLOS ONE, reports The Spectator.
The Ebbinghaus Illusion: Small, Or Very Far Away?
The Guardian continues its series on classic psychology experiments.
What is Bipolar Disorder? You Asked Google – Here’s The Answer
As part of another ongoing series, The Guardian recruits clinical psychologist Masuma Rahim to answer one of the most commonly asked questions on Google.
Politics and Personality – Most of What You Read Is Malarkey
Many political psychologists believe that personality traits and politics go together. Researchers are not so sure.
Science of Scares: Why Are Clowns Creepy?
One of the most frequent questions I am asked as someone who studies fear, writes Margee Kerr, is why? Why do we continue to make the clown the ultimate American monster?
The Super-Recognisers of Scotland Yard
How an elite police unit is catching some of London’s most prolific criminals.