The two kinds of stories we tell about ourselves

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

The Two Kinds of Stories We Tell About Ourselves
“One of the great contributions of psychology and psychotherapy research is the idea that we can edit, revise and interpret the stories we tell about our lives even as we are constrained by the facts,” writes Emily Esfahani Smith at

Split Brain, Undivided Consciousness?
Neuroskeptic says a new paper challenges a decades-old theory in neuroscience.

The Secret To Living a Meaningful Life
Your ambitions to improve your life do not need to be confined by your personality. For my latest Personology column at BBC Future I looked at the inspiring research of Professor Brian Little.

Exceptional Minds: Where Autism Is No Barrier To Success
Watch this video about Exceptional Minds, an animation studio and digital arts school for young adults who fall on the autism spectrum.

William James, Dude
You have to see this photograph of a young William James, shown at Mind Hacks.

Locked-in Patients Tell Doctors They are ‘Happy’ After Computer Reads Thoughts
A small but remarkable new study, reported at The Telegraph.

The Curse of Confidence
In this short BBC Radio 4 show, Rowland Manthorpe explains why he thinks the quality of confidence is overrated and is more of a curse than a blessing.

The Secret Life of Five-Year-Olds
This episode of a new series on Channel 4 examines differences between boys’ and girls’ behaviour, with a series of challenges that explore everything from levels of risk-taking to tactfulness.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Donald Trump and ‘Gaslighting’
The psychological term, borrowed from pop culture, which is now being used to describe what President Trump is doing to us. By Caitlin Gibson at The Washington Post.

Cross Section: Uta Frith – Science Weekly podcast
For the Guardian’s Science Weekly podcast, Nicola Davis sits down with Professor Uta Frith to talk autism, passion, rebellion and the role of women in science.

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