The Power of Negative Thinking

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-18-20-33Our editor’s pick of the 10 best psychology and neuroscience links spotted in the last week:

The Power of Negative Thinking
New BBC Radio 4 series presented by writer Oliver Burkeman.

A Maturing Picture of Emotion
At The Psychologist, Louisa Lawrie and Louise Phillips on how we process emotions in ourselves and others as we age.

It Is Pretty Easy to Get Art Experts to Fall for Fakes
Simon Oxenham aka Neurobonkers makes his debut on Science of Us.

Why Narcissists Deserve Our Pity Rather Than Contempt
I chatted to ABC Radio’s Future Tense show, and I avoided mentioning Mr T.

Confessions of a Depressed Comic 
Kevin Breel didn’t look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that — to save his own life — he needed to say four simple words.

External brain stimulation goes deep
Applying electrical currents to mouse skulls suggests method to activate remote regions in the brain without the need for surgery.

Let It Go—The Power of Thought Stopping
Professor Brian Little explains why he sometimes says “Quack” to himself.

Evolutionary psychology shows that people get ahead in life by using one of these two strategies
It’s a case of prestige versus dominance, explains Professor Jessica Tracy.

Not Even Scientists Can Easily Explain P-values
I’ve come to think that the most fundamental problem with p-values is that no one can really say what they are, says Christie Aschwanden.

Big Unknowns: is free will an illusion? – Science Weekly podcast
Free will has been debated by philosophers and theologians for centuries. Neuroscientists and psychologists have now entered the fray – but what new light can they shed? And just how free are we when it comes to “free” will?

Christian Jarrett (@Psych_Writer) is Editor of BPS Research Digest