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 65,000+ 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 from mid-August 2019 by Dr Matthew Warren, 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 200,000 downloads to date.
The Research Digest team
Dr Matthew Warren (@mattbwarren) joined as a Staff Writer in February 2019 and took over as Editor in mid-August 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. Email Matt.
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.
Emily Reynolds (@rey_z) is joining as a Staff Writer in October 2019. Emily is an award-winning journalist and author based in London. Since graduating with a BSc in Psychology from the University of Sheffield in 2014, she’s written for Wired, The Guardian, NY Mag, Vogue and many more on a wide variety of topics, in particular mental health. She also wrote a book on that subject, A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind, which came out in 2017. She’s now working on her second book, an exploration of human intimacy and technology.
Emma L. Barratt (@E_Barratt) is a cognitive scientist and science communicator based in Newcastle, UK. Her work centres primarily around atypical and clinical psychology, as well as cognitive factors pertaining to human spaceflight and space exploration. In 2015, she published the first peer reviewed investigations of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. She also works alongside an international team to produce educational content for the popular YouTube channel SciShow.
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 Christian Jarrett (@Psych_Writer) was the Founding Editor of the Research Digest and its lead writer for sixteen years until July 2019. He launched the email newsletter in 2003; went on to create the Research Digest blog in 2005; and he helped set up, present and produce the PsychCrunch podcast from 2015. Between 2005 and 2014 he was also an award-winning part-time journalist on The Psychologist magazine. During his editorship, the Research Digest was the recipient or runner-up in several blogging awards, including being a finalist in the the Association of British Science Writers Awards in 2019. Today Christian is Senior Editor on the forthcoming Psyche Channel at Aeon Magazine, a columnist at BBC Future and an expert contributor to BBC Science Focus. 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, slated for release in 2020.
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.
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.
–Editorship of the Research Digest is overseen by Dr Jon Sutton editor at The Psychologist magazine (email Jon Sutton), and Dr Richard Stephens (email Richard Stephens), 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.