The surprising self-interest in being kind to strangers

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

The Surprising Self-interest In Being Kind to Strangers
Amy Alkon’s recent TED talk dealt with “Trickle-Down Humanity,” about why we need to do small kindnesses for strangers and why that’s the most powerful kind of kindness.

Why Magazines Matter
As The Psychologist relaunches, Ella Rhodes considers style and impact in the printed form.

Beyond Grit: The Science of Creativity, Purpose, and Motivation
A conversation between the psychologists and best-selling authors Adam Grant and Angela Duckworth: “Your interests and your passion develop over time. I want to disabuse people of this mythology of ‘it happens to you and if you’re lucky, you find it, and then that’s all you have to do.’”

Leaders Are More Powerful When They’re Humble, New Research Shows
By Ashley Merryman at the Washington Post.

There Are Only Two Kinds of Terrible Bosses
And knowing which category yours falls into can make it easier to deal with them, says Cari Romm at Science Of Us.

How To Hack Your Memory and Remember Almost Anything
Julia Shaw’s recent talk at WIRED’s 2016 Next Generation event about how memory manipulation is happening everyday, from modern politics to advertising.

If Your Gift Choices Seem To Disappoint, Psychology Might Explain Why
Melissa Healy at the LA Times

Who Cares, What’s The Point?
New psychology podcast that asks psychology researchers about an article they’ve published, and why we should care about it (find it on iTunes). Presented by Sarb Johal.

Echo Chambers: Old Psych, New Tech

If you were surprised by the result of the Brexit vote in the UK or by the Trump victory in the US, you might live in an echo chamber, says Tom Stafford at Mind Hacks.

Watch A Resting Brain Light Up With Activity 
From WIRED: “a comprehensive visualization of neural activity throughout the entire brain at rest, and evidence that the blood rushing around in your brain is actually a good indicator of what your neurons are doing.”

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