How East and West think in profoundly different ways

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

How East And West Think In Profoundly Different Ways
Psychologists are uncovering the surprising influence of geography on our reasoning, behaviour, and sense of self, writes David Robson at BBC Future.

Mind Maps: The Beauty of Brain Cells in Pictures
The 19th-century Spanish scientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, was one of the first people to unravel the mysteries of the structure of the brain – and he made stunning drawings to describe and explain his discoveries, as shown in this feature from The Guardian.

How To Overcome Unconscious Bias
We all have prejudices we’re not even aware of—but they don’t have to govern our behaviour, by Jordan Axt for Scientific American.

The Downsides of Positivity
At recently relaunched The Psychologist, Kate Sweeny provides a nuanced picture of the research.

Against Empathy
In this video, psychologist Paul Bloom gives a 60-second summary of his new book.

How to Escape the Overthinking Trap: Stop Judging Yourself
The despair from comparing ourselves with others is the original fake news. We need to develop a new relationship with our thoughts, writes Mark Rice-Oxley at The Guardian.

How To Beat The Imposter Feeling
Approximately 70 percent of us will experience a period of self-doubt at least once in our lives. In this article for 99U I suggested five evidence-backed strategies for rebuilding your confidence.

Are We At Risk of Becoming Biological Digital Machines?
“Is there a risk that our increasing reliance on digital devices, such as smartphones, could also be reprogramming our brains and blunting our human attributes?” asks Miguel A. L. Nicole’s at the recently launched journal Nature Human Behaviour.

Communicating Climate Change: A Psychoanalysis
The Guardian‘s Science Weekly podcast asks: What is the psychology behind climate change denial? Can it be overcome? And what communication tips can scientists take from political campaigns?

Can Behavioural Science Help In Flint?
Sarah Stillman at the New Yorker profiles the US Government’s Social and Behavioural Sciences Team or “Nudge Unit”.

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