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 (see below), led by founding editor Christian Jarrett, all have qualifications in psychology or related subjects 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 195,000 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 is also a presenter and producer of 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 on the topic of personality change for Simon and Schuster in the US and Little, Brown in the UK. Email Christian
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.
Dr Matthew Warren (@mattbwarren) joined as a Staff Writer in February 2019. Matt is a UK-based science journalist who has worked for Nature and Science Magazine. Before moving into journalism he completed a doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Oxford and worked as a press officer in the biotech industry.
Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) joined as a Contributing Writer in January 2019. Jesse is a Brooklyn-based journalist who writes about everything from politics to weird internet feuds, but his first journalistic love is behavioral science – particularly shoddy behavioral science and its debunking. He’s a contributing writer at New York Magazine, where he was formerly a staff writer-at-large and the editor of Science of Us, NY Mag’s behavioural-science vertical. Jesse is currently writing a book for Farrar, Straus and Giroux about why overhyped psychology seems to be having such a big moment in the 21st century.
Ginny Smith (@GinnyFBSmith) joined in 2018 as a producer and presenter of our PsychCrunch podcast. Ginny studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Psychology and Neuroscience, and now spreads her love of science as a science writer and presenter. She performs her range of science shows about the brain at science festivals and to school groups in the UK and internationally, as well as teaching at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education. Ginny is also a regular on the Cosmic Shambles Network, and previously worked with the Naked Scientists and Cambridge TV. She loves to write science articles for a general audience and is a regular writer for DK science books.
Dr Alex Fradera (on our team 2011-2018) established the BPS Occupational Digest and then – as the Occupational Digest was folded into the main Digest – he joined the Research Digest, first as Contributing writer, and then from 2017-2018 as Staff Writer. After completing doctoral research at UCL in the area of autobiographical memory, Alex previously worked for many years in business psychology. Today, alongside teaching and performing improvised theatre, he works as an assistant psychologist in the NHS. Read Alex’s most popular articles for the Research Digest.
Under Jarrett’s editorship, the Digest blog was a finalist in the 2019 Association of British Science Writers Awards for the UK and Ireland, in the best blog category. It won “best psychology blog” in the 2010 inaugural Research Blogging awards. And the Digest was also “finalist” in the psychology/neuroscience category in the 2013 Science Seeker Blogging Awards.
–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.
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.