What is it like to be autistic?

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

Autistic People of Reddit, What is Autism Really Like?
Find many thousands of answers on this new AskReddit topic.

Koons, Temkin and Kandel: An Artist’s Creative Process in Action
From 42.22 mins in, this is a video of an event held last week at the New York Historical Society: “an exclusive conversation between American Artist and Zuckerman Institute’s first artist-in-residence, Jeff Koons and Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the MoMA as they discuss Jeff Koons’ creative process in art and interest in neuroscience. Moderated by Nobel Laureate, Eric Kandel.”

Annette Karmiloff-Smith Obituary
From The Guardian: Psychologist who provided fresh insights into our development as individuals.

How to Overcome Political Irrationality About Facts
Some Trump supporters are willing to lie about his inauguration attendance to preserve their ideological identities. A new study explains how curiosity can help resist reflexive partisanship.

Here’s What Happens in Your Brain When Your Life Flashes Before Your Eyes
New research on the psychology of near-death experiences.

The Sally Anne Task: A Psychological Experiment For a Post-truth Era?
We may be entering the “alternative facts” era – but psychologists have been studying how we develop an understanding of false beliefs for decades.

The “Untranslatable” Emotions You Never Knew You Had
From gigil to shinrin-yoku and tarab, there are many foreign emotion words with no English equivalent. Learning to identify and cultivate these experiences could give you a richer and more successful life.

Trump’s Lies Versus Your Brain
Unfortunately, it’s no contest. Here’s what psychology tells us about life under a leader totally indifferent to the truth.

Q&A With Tomasz Witkowski
Rebecca Stack speaks to Tomasz Witkowski, Digest contributor and the author of Psychology Led Astray: Cargo Cult in Science and Therapy.

Some Scientific Explanations For Alien Abduction That Aren’t So Out Of This World
Accounts of mysterious flashing lights in the sky, spacecrafts and encounters with “real” aliens reflect high levels of public interest in UFOs and the belief that there is “something out there”. However, many psychologists are less convinced, and think they can provide more down-to-earth, scientific explanations.

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

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