Our editor’s pick of this week’s 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:
What’s It Like To Lose Your Short-term Memory?
Longreads hosts an exclusive excerpt from Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember: The Stroke That Changed My Life, the forthcoming memoir by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee.
Sex Differences in Brain Size
Next time someone asks you “Are men and women’s brains different?”, you can answer, without hesitation, “Yes”, says Tom Stafford at Mind Hacks.
The King of Dreams
BBC Radio 4 documentary about lucid dreaming. In fin de siècle Paris a shy young aristocrat, the Marquis Leon d’Hervey taught himself how to control his own dreams and wrote a book detailing years of his nocturnal adventures. In ‘King of Dreams’ Professor Alice Roberts learns how to advance her own skills in lucid dreaming and finds out why the work of the Marquis is inspiring neuroscientists and psychologists today.
Total Recall: The People Who Never Forget
An extremely rare condition may transform our understanding of memory
by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie for The Guardian.
Revealed: Britain’s Mental Health Crisis
Latest episode of BBC One’s Panorama (now on iPlayer): One month after prime minister Theresa May promised to ‘transform the way we deal with mental health problems right across society’, reporter Sophie Hutchinson investigates the troubled state of NHS mental health services.
A Neuroscientist Explains: The Need for ‘Empathetic Citizens’ – podcast
The latest Guardian Science Weekly podcast: “This week, Observer Magazine columnist and neuroscientist Dr Daniel Glaser takes a look at the world of empathy, mirror neurons and Theory of Mind. Meeting King’s College London’s Professor Francesca Happé at the school gates, Daniel explores when and how children develop empathy, whether it can be taught, and how we can create a more empathetic society.”
A Popular Diet-Science Lab Has Been Publishing Really Shoddy Research
Researchers looked at four recent papers and found not one, not two, but 150 statistical errors. And that may just be the tip of the iceberg, reports Jesse Singal at Science of Us.
How Do You Stop Astronauts Going Mad?
When the space race started, some scientists worried life in space would prove too much for humans. Can we cope with missions that may take years? By Paul Marks for BBC Future.
Search Me: Should You Google Your Therapist?
Louise Chunn for The Guardian: A therapist must be a blank slate, Freud said. Should analysts keep their lives offline – and is it OK if they look you up?
Happiness Mapped: Why Work Is The Place We Feel The Worst
“To find out how people feel when they are at work – in the moment – one of us (George) designed an app called Mappiness, which allows people to record their well-being on-the-go via a smartphone,” write Alex Bryson and George MacKerron at The Conversation.