We digest at least one new psychology study every weekday. Published by the British Psychological Society since 2005, this blog aims to demonstrate that psychological science is fascinating and useful while also casting a critical eye over its methods. The blog continues to grow in popularity and international prominence, attracting hundreds of thousands of readers every month.
Our team – editor Christian Jarrett and writers Alex Fradera and Emma Young (see bios below) – all have qualifications in psychology and they read thoroughly all the peer-reviewed research they report on. Also, we don’t just pick up on the same studies covered by the mainstream media. We regularly trawl hundreds of peer-reviewed journals looking for the latest findings from across the breadth of psychological science – from brain scan studies all the way to qualitative research on what it’s like to experience mental health problems; from research on sports psychology to studies of babies’ behaviour.
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 podcast, PsychCrunch.
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 founded the Research Digest blog in 2005. A Chartered Psychologist and BPS Associate Fellow, Christian contributes regular articles and longer themed posts, commissions and edits all other contributions, and he presents 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 has regular columns at BBC Future and 99U, and he’s the author of the critically acclaimed books The Rough Guide to Psychology and Great Myths of the Brain. He’s currently writing his next book Personology. Email Christian
Since June 2014, Christian is assisted by Contributing Writer, Chartered Psychologist Dr Alex Fradera (@alexfradera), formerly Editor of the discontinued BPS Occupational Digest. Alex’s doctoral research at UCL was in the area of autobiographical memory. Today he combines a career in science writing with work in business psychology and improvisation. Email Alex
Emma Young (@EmmaELYoung) joined as a 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
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.