We digest at least one new psychology study for you every weekday. Published by the British Psychological Society since 2003, our aim at the Research Digest is to showcase psychological science while also casting a critical eye over its methods. With over 100,000 followers across social media and another 60,000+ on email, the Research Digest blog continues to grow in popularity and international prominence, attracting millions of readers every year.
Our team – founding editor Christian Jarrett and staff writers Alex Fradera and Emma Young (see bios below) – all have qualifications in psychology and they read thoroughly all the peer-reviewed and pre-print research they report on. We don’t just pick up on the same studies covered by the mainstream media. We regularly trawl hundreds of peer-reviewed journals and pre-print archives looking for the latest findings from across the breadth of psychological science.
Our aim is to write accessible, accurate blog posts on those psychology studies that make an important contribution, that are relevant to real life, timely, novel or thought-provoking. We strive to write in a style that educates, entertains and generates interest, but without resorting to hype.
Complementing our main research reports, the Research Digest publishes monthly longer themed posts, occassional mini-series, and regular guest posts. In February 2015, we launched our chart-topping podcast PsychCrunch with over 125,000 downloads to date.
The Research Digest team
Dr Christian Jarrett (@Psych_Writer) has been Editor of the Research Digest since its inception as an email newsletter in 2003, and he established the Research Digest blog in 2005. He also presents and produces the Digest’s PsychCrunch podcast. Christian became a full-time science writer after completing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Manchester. As well editing the Digest, Christian is a columnist at BBC Future and VICE, an expert contributor to BBC Focus, and he’s the author of several critically acclaimed books, including The Rough Guide to Psychology and Great Myths of the Brain. He’s currently writing his next book Personology. Email Christian
Dr Alex Fradera (@alexfradera) is Staff Writer and has been contributing to the Research Digest since 2014 (previously he was Editor of the discontinued BPS Occupational Digest). After completing doctoral research at UCL in the area of autobiographical memory, Alex worked for many years in business psychology. Today, alongside his science writing and theatrical improvisation, he works as an assistant psychologist in the NHS. Email Alex
Emma Young (@EmmaELYoung) joined as Staff Writer in May 2017. Emma is an award-winning science journalist, with a BSc in psychology from the University of Durham. A former reporter and editor on New Scientist, she’s also worked on The Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald. Her books include Sane, a pop psychology book on evidence-based ways to build a stronger mind. Email Emma
–Dr Jarrett’s editorship of Research Digest is overseen by Dr Jon Sutton editor at The Psychologist magazine (email Jon Sutton), and Professor Catherine Loveday (email Catherine Loveday), Chair of The Psychologist and Research Digest Editorial Advisory Committee.
Under Jarrett’s editorship, the Digest blog won “best psychology blog” in the 2010 inaugural Research Blogging awards, and was “finalist” in the psychology/neuroscience category in the 2013 Science Seeker Blogging Awards.
Views expressed on the Digest blog belong to the Digest Editor or other contributors and should not be mistaken for official BPS policy or opinion.