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Our most popular posts of 2015

This has been a record-breaking year for the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest blog – in terms of the amount of material we’ve published, and in the number of people reading our posts. In a tight contest, here are the 10 posts that received the most hits in 2015:

1. Weird things start to happen when you stare into someone’s eyes for 10 minutes
by Christian Jarrett
A psychologist based in Italy says he has found a simple way to induce in healthy people an altered state of consciousness – simply get two individuals to look into each other’s eyes for 10 minutes while they are sitting in a dimly lit room. Read more

2Guilt-prone people are highly skilled at recognising other people’s emotions
by Christian Jarrett
It’s not pleasant to feel perpetually that you’re responsible for mishaps and screw-ups, but some people do. Psychologists recognise this as a distinct trait, which they call “guilt-proneness” and now they’ve discovered that it tends to go hand in hand with an enhanced ability to recognise other people’s emotions. Read more

3Feeling like you’re an expert can make you closed-minded by Alex Fradera
What happens to us as we accrue knowledge and experience, as we become experts in a field? Competence follows. Effortlessness follows. But certain downsides can follow too. Read more

4The “Backfire Effect”: Correcting false beliefs about vaccines can be surprisingly counterproductive by Simon Oxenham
Forty-three per cent of the US population believes wrongly that the flu vaccine can give you flu. In fact any adverse reaction to the vaccine, besides a temperature and aching muscles for a short time, is rare. It stands to reason that correcting this misconception would be a good move for public health, but debunking this false belief actually has a seriously counterproductive effect. Read more

5. 10 Hellish psychology studies you’ll be glad not to have participated in 
by Christian Jarrett
Many psychology studies involve nothing more challenging for participants than sitting down with a short paper questionnaire and ticking off agreement or not with a series of anodyne statements. This post is not about that kind of research. Here, we take a tour of some rather more arduous and quirky experiments from the psychology archives. Read more

6The psychology of Facebook, digested
by Christian Jarrett
With over a billion users, Facebook is changing the social life of our species. Common topics for study are links between Facebook use and personality, and whether the network alleviates or fosters loneliness. The torrent of new data is overwhelming and much of it appears contradictory. To help, we’ve digested many of the most important studies. Read more

7What kinds of actions do people think of as most stupid? by Christian Jarrett
To avoid people thinking you’re stupid, above all you need to refrain from undertaking risky tasks for which you lack suitable knowledge or skills. That’s according to this study, the first to systematically investigate the kinds of behaviours that people consider to be stupid or foolish.

8The psychology of mindfulness, digested
by Christian Jarrett
Mindfulness is a hot topic in psychology and beyond. And yet, a dissenting voice in this chorus of enthusiasm, a new book out last month – The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You? – warned that mindfulness is not harmless. Here we dive into the research literature to bring you up to speed in a jiffy. Read more

9Expert philosophers are just as irrational as the rest of us
by Dan Jones
If you want to improve your tennis swing, learn how to repair your car, or master the piano, you’re likely to seek the help of an expert. Similarly, many people who want to sharpen their critical thinking skills turn to one of the many books written by philosophers. But what if philosophers are just as susceptible to bad thinking as the rest of us? Read more

10What the textbooks don’t tell you about psychology’s most famous case study 
by Christian Jarrett
It’s a remarkable, mythical tale with lashings of gore – no wonder it’s a favourite of psychology students the world over. I’m talking about Phineas Gage, the 19th century railway worker who somehow survived the passing of a 3-foot long tamping iron through the front of his brain and out the top of his head. What happened to him next? Read more

I wonder what this list says about people’s interests and concerns in 2015? 
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Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

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The 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter!

Updated for November 2015, here are the 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter based on follower counts recorded over the last few weeks. If we’ve missed anyone (individuals, not organisations or publications) who should be in the top 100, please let us know via comments and we’ll add them in. This is an update to our November 2014 post. We’re aware there are issues with lists like this (for example, Twitter accounts vary in how many active followers they have), but we hope you will find it useful nonetheless. Three BPS Twitter accounts are included below, but are not counted in the tally towards 100.

1st place Andrew Mendonsa. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 371769
Sam Harris. Neuroscientist, author. Followers: 343930
Steven Pinker. Evolutionary psychologist, author. Followers: 204280
Kiki Sanford. Neurophysiologist turned sci communicator. Followers: 198899
Ian Wallace. “Dream psychologist”. Followers: 147903
Richard Wiseman. Psychologist, blogger and author. Followers: 138755
Laura Kauffman. Child psychologist. Followers: 107074
Dan Ariely. Behavioural Economist, author. Followers: 100889
George Huba. Psychologist. Followers: 98273
10Travis Langley. Social psychologist and author. Followers: 92603
Joe Guse. Comedian turned psychologist. Followers: 72325
Neuroskeptic. Blogger and neuroscientist. Followers: 68538
Daniel Goleman. Emotional intelligence expert. Followers: 62290
Leah Klungness. Author and psychologist. Followers: 60591
Dolors Reig. Social psychologist (tweets in Spanish). Followers: 60875

BPS Research Digest. That’s Us! Followers: 57811

Anthony Risser. Neuropsychologist, blogger. Followers: 49283

Steve Silberman. Author on autism. Followers: 45500 

The Psychologist magazine! Followers: 45449

Adam Grant. Organisational psychologist. Followers: 44464
Dylan William. Educational psychologist. Followers: 44060
20Yankı Yazgan. Child psychiatrist/ psychology faculty. Followers: 44073

 Melanie Greenberg. Clinical health psychologist. Followers: 42835
 Richard Thaler. Behavioural economist. Followers: 41971


BPS Official! Followers: 35062


Amy Cuddy. Social psychologist. Followers: 34125
Jeremy Dean. Psychology blogger. Followers: 25136
25 Shawn Achor. Positive psychologist. Followers: 33404
Vaughan Bell. Clinical neuropsychologist, blogger. Followers: 32683

Simon Rego. Cognitive behavioural psychologist. Followers: 32618
Miguel Escotet. Psychologist. Followers: 31420
Marsha Lucas. Neuropsychologist. Followers: 30353
30 Kelly McGonigal. Psychologist. Followers: 27458
David Eagleman. Neuroscientist, author. Followers: 25882
Mo Costandi. Neuroscience writer, blogger. Followers: 25869
Jo Hemmings. Celebrity psychologist. Followers: 25771
Bob Sutton. Organisational psychologist and author. Followers: 25592
Aleks Krotoski. Psychologist, tech journalist. Followers: 24900
Dean Burnett. Neuroscientist and comedian. Followers: 24896
Dan Gilbert. Psychologist. Followers: 24745
David Dobbs. Neuroscience writer. Followers: 24280
Paul Bloom. Psychologist. Followers: 24164

40 Evan Sinar. Organisational psychologist. Followers: 23,999
Noah Gray. Neuroscience editor. Followers: 22319

John Froiland. School psychologist. Followers: 21285
Susan Whitbourne. Psychologist. Followers: 21212
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
. Cognitive neuroscientist. Followers: 20283
David Ballard. Work psychologist. Followers: 20004
Dorothy Bishop. Developmental neuropsychologist. Followers: 19941
Jonathan Haidt. Psychologist. Followers: 19853
Simon Baron-Cohen. Developmental psychologist. Followers: 19700
Marilyn Price-Mitchell. Developmental Psychologist. Followers: 18937

50 Ciaran O’Keeffe. Parapsychologist. Followers: 18379
Scott Kaufman. Cognitive psychologist, author. Followers: 18649
Daniel Levitin. Psychologist, author. Followers: 17892
Heidi GrantHalvorson. Social psychologist. Followers: 17717
Craig Malkin. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 17701

Robert Cialdini. Social psychologist. Followers: 17298
Uta Frith. Developmental neuropsychologist. Followers: 17163
Sun Wolf. Social neuroscientist. Followers: 17058
Pascal Wallisch. Neuroscientist. Followers: 16275

Micah Allen. Cognitive neuroscientist. Followers: 16050
60 Melissa McCreery. Clinical Psychologist. Followers: 15094


Christian Jarrett. Editor of the Research Digest! Followers: 14950


Tanya Byron. Clinical psychologist, TV presenter, columnist. Followers: 13878
Stephan Guyenet. Neurobiologist. Followers: 13114
Lee Keyes. Psychologist. Followers: 13034
Andrea Kuszewski. Robopsychologist. Followers: 12924
Andrea Letamendi. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 12892
Todd Kashdan. Psychologist. Followers: 12792
Professor Bob. Psychologist. Followers: 12761

Cary Cooper. Occupational psychologist. Followers: 12646
70 David Webb. Psychology tutor, blogger. Followers: 12545
Sophie Scott. Neuroscientist. Followers: 11889

Pam Spurr. Agony aunt. Followers: 11816

Clark Quinn. Organisational psychologist. Followers: 11674
Petra Boynton. Psychologist, sex educator. Followers: 11622
Susan Weinschenk. Psychologist and author. Followers: 11605

Philip Zimbardo. You know, the Stanford Prison Experiment guy. 11547
David Rock. Work psychologist. Followers: 11433
Honey Langcaster-James. Psychologist and coach. Followers: 11337
Maia Szalavitz. Neuroscience journalist. Followers: 10961
80 James Moore. Cognitive Neuroscientist. Followers: 10943

Timothy Lomauro. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 10709
Shelley Bonanno. Psychologist and psychotherapist. Followers: 10341 
Jason Goldman. Developmental psychologist, science writer. Followers: 10288
Neuro Bonkers. Blogger. Followers: 10208

Stew Friedman. Organisational psychologist, author. Followers: 10152
Bradley Voytek. Neuroscientist and self-professed geek. Followers: 10133

Michael Woodward “Dr. Woody”. Organisational psychologist. Followers: 10097
Claudia Hammond. Radio presenter. Followers: 9832
Cheryl Arutt. Clinical and forensic psychologist. Followers: 9719

90 Jay Watts. Clinical psychologist, Lacanian. Followers: 9569
Todd Finnerty. Psychologist. Followers: 9448
Margarita Holmes. Psychologist and sex therapist. Followers: 8906
Steven Novella. Neurologist and sceptic. Followers: 8450
Rory O’Connor. Health psychologist, suicide researcher. Followers: 8368

Bruce Hood. Cognitive scientist. Followers: 8336
Patrick McGee: Health psychologist. Followers: 8094 

Kevin Mitchell. Neurogeneticist. Followers: 7837
Andy Field. Psychologist and stats whiz. Followers: 7680
Hugo Spiers. Neuroscientist. Followers: 7642

100 Graham Jones. Internet (cyber) psychologist. Followers: 7609

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Our most popular posts of 2014

1. Jailed criminals think they are kinder, more trustworthy and honest than the average member of the public

2The ten most controversial psychology studies ever published

3Happy people think they’re good at empathising with the pain of others. They’re wrong

4What the textbooks don’t tell you – one of psychology’s most famous experiments was seriously flawed

5A man’s fighting ability is written in his face

6Ten of the most counterintuitive psychology findings ever published

7Childhood amnesia kicks in around age seven

8Students learn better when they think they’re going to have to teach the material

9Why are extraverts happier?

10Systematic evidence of fake crying by a baby

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Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

The 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter

Updated for November 2014, here are the 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter based on follower counts recorded over the last few weeks. If we’ve missed anyone (individuals, not organisations) who should be in the top 100, please let us know via comments and we’ll add them in. This is an update to our February 2014 post. Check the comments to that earlier post for even more psychologists on Twitter than we were able to include here. We’re aware there are issues with lists like this (for example, Twitter accounts vary in how many active followers they have), but we hope you find it useful nonetheless. BPS Twitter accounts are presented below, but not counted in the tally towards 100.

Andrew Mendonsa. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 393234
Sam Harris. Neuroscientist, author. Followers: 250966
Kiki Sanford. Neurophysiologist turned sci communicator. Followers: 174275
Steven Pinker. Evolutionary psychologist, author. Followers: 151984
Richard Wiseman. Psychologist, blogger and author. Followers: 135145
Laura Kauffman. Child psychologist. Followers: 106984
Dan Ariely. Behavioural Economist, author. Followers: 81949
Oliver Sacks. Neurologist and author. Followers: 80157
George Huba. Psychologist. Followers: 77181
Joe Guse. Comedian turned psychologist. Followers: 74914
Leah Klungness. Author and psychologist. Followers: 60591
Travis Langley. Social psychologist and author. Followers: 60043
Dolors Reig. Social psychologist (tweets in Spanish). Followers: 58700
Neuroskeptic. Blogger and neuroscientist. Followers: 47625

BPS Research Digest. The BPS Research Digest! Followers: 46828

Yankı Yazgan. Child psychiatrist/ psychology faculty. Followers: 40381
Melanie Greenberg. Clinical health psychologist. Followers: 38751
Anthony Risser. Neuropsychologist, blogger. Followers: 34450

The Psychologist magazine. Followers: 33234

Dylan William. Educational psychologist. Followers: 32928
Miguel Escotet. Psychologist. Followers: 31948

Marsha Lucas. Neuropsychologist. Followers: 31073
Richard Thaler. Behavioural economist. Followers: 30206
Vaughan Bell. Clinical neuropsychologist, blogger. Followers: 29263


BPS Official. Followers: 26746


Adam Grant. Organisational psychologist. Followers: 29103
Aleks Krotoski. Psychologist, tech journalist. Followers: 24255
25th place Simon Rego. Cognitive behavioural psychologist. Followers: 23932
Jo Hemmings. Celebrity psychologist. Followers: 23740
Jeremy Dean. Psychology blogger. Followers: 23424
Shawn Achor. Positive psychologist. Followers: 23,330
Amy Cuddy. Social psychologist. Followers: 22837
Kelly McGonigal. Psychologist. Followers: 21733
Mo Costandi. Neuroscience writer, blogger. Followers: 21614
David Dobbs. Neuroscience writer. Followers: 21427
Noah Gray. Neuroscience editor. Followers: 20954

Bob Sutton. Organisational psychologist and author. Followers: 20879
David Eagleman. Neuroscientist, author. Followers: 205714
Dean Burnett. Neuroscientist and comedian. Followers: 18759
David Ballard. Work psychologist. Followers: 18459

Marilyn Price-Mitchell. Developmental Psychologist. Followers: 17652
Dan Gilbert. Psychologist. Followers: 17418
Paul Bloom. Psychologist. Followers: 16957
Sun Wolf. Social neuroscientist. Followers: 16517
Susan Whitbourne. Psychologist. Followers: 16511

Daniel Levitin. Psychologist, author. Followers: 16108
Dorothy Bishop. Developmental neuropsychologist. Followers: 15937

Pascal Wallisch. Neuroscientist. Followers: 15910
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. Cognitive neuroscientist. Followers: 15829
Scott Kaufman. Cognitive psychologist, author. Followers: 15675
Ciaran O’Keeffe. Parapsychologist. Followers: 15504
Melissa McCreery. Clinical Psychologist. Followers: 15394
Heidi GrantHalvorson. Social psychologist. Followers: 15277
50th place Craig Malkin. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 15004

Robert Cialdini. Social psychologist. Followers: 14980
John Froiland. School psychologist. Followers: 14905
Simon Baron-Cohen. Developmental psychologist. Followers: 14824
Jonathan Haidt. Psychologist. Followers: 14225
Uta Frith. Developmental neuropsychologist. Followers: 13529

Micah Allen. Cognitive neuroscientist. Followers: 12540
Christian Jarrett. Editor of the Research Digest. Followers: 12312

Andrea Letamendi. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 11809

Todd Kashdan. Psychologist. Followers: 11623
Lee Keyes. Psychologist. Followers: 11399
David Webb. Psychology tutor, blogger. Followers: 11369
Honey Langcaster-James. Psychologist and coach. Followers: 11285
Maria Konnikova. Neuroscience blogger and author. Followers: 11182
Petra Boynton. Psychologist, sex educator. Followers: 10960
Professor Bob. Psychologist. Followers: 10783

James Moore. Cognitive Neuroscientist. Followers: 10298
Tanya Byron. Clinical psychologist, TV presenter, columnist. Followers: 10287
Cary Cooper. Occupational psychologist. Followers: 10275
Pam Spurr. Agony aunt. Followers: 10170
Susan Weinschenk. Psychologist and author. Followers: 10010
David Rock. Work psychologist. Followers: 9995

Maia Szalavitz. Neuroscience journalist. Followers: 9968
Jay Watts. Clinical psychologist, Lacanian. Followers: 9341
Andrea Kuszewski. Robopsychologist. Followers: 9135

75th place Bradley Voytek. Neuroscientist and self-professed geek. Followers: 9002
Timothy Lomauro. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 8996

Stephan Guyenet. Neurobiologist. Followers: 8795
Jason Goldman. Developmental psychologist, science writer. Followers: 8749
Sophie Scott. Neuroscientist. Followers: 8722

Cheryl Arutt. Clinical and forensic psychologist. Followers: 8690
Margarita Holmes. Psychologist and sex therapist. Followers: 8689
Claudia Hammond. Radio presenter. Followers: 8430
Neuro Bonkers. Blogger. Followers: 8397
Todd Finnerty. Psychologist. Followers: 8066
Bruce Hood. Cognitive scientist. Followers: 7870

Steven Novella. Neurologist and sceptic. Followers: 7635
Graham Jones. Internet (cyber) psychologist. Followers: 7529

John Grohol. Founder of Psychcentral. Followers: 6814
Shelley Bonanno. Psychologist and psychotherapist. Followers: 6549
Jay Dadlani. Psychologist. Followers: 6361
Rory O’Connor. Health psychologist, suicide researcher. Followers: 6292

Jordan Gaines Lewis. Neuroscientist, blogger. Followers: 6247
Jesse Bering. Psychologist, blogger. Followers: 6239
Kevin Mitchell. Neurogeneticist. Followers: 6230
Patrick McGee: Health psychologist. Followers: 6202 Kathleen Young. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 5930
Gary Marcus. Psychologist, author and blogger. Followers: 5923

Hugo Spiers. Neuroscientist. Followers: 5817
100th place Andy Field. Psychologist and stats whiz. Followers: 5737

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Thanks to Emma Smith at the BPS for updating the follower counts

The ten most popular Research Digest posts of all time


This week I’m leaving my position as Research Digest editor. Taking one last look back at the archives, these were my ten most popular posts since Google started counting page views in 2007. What made these so popular do you think?

1. Jailed criminals think they’re kinder and more trustworthy than average (from 2014).

2. Why do children hide by covering their eyes? (from 2012).

3. Want people to trust you? Try apologising for the rain (from 2013).

4. How walking through a doorway increases forgetting? (from 2011).

5. Why do humans walk in circles? (from 2012).

6. Childhood amnesia kicks in around age 7 (from 2014).

7. A study of suicide notes left by children and adolescents (from 2013).

8. Why are extraverts happier? (from 2014).

9. Systematic evidence of fake crying by a baby (from 2014).

10. Smiling fighters are more likely to lose (from 2013).

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Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

The best psychology books of 2013

It’s the season for Christmas book lists and we’ve trawled through them, looking for the psychology-themed tomes earning a recommendation. Here are ten suggestions, in no particular order: 

1. The best non-fiction book of the year as voted by readers at GoodReads was The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek. “Temple Grandin reports from the forefront of autism science, bringing her singular perspective to a thrilling journey into the heart of the autism revolution.”

2. On Slate’s list of the 10 most crucial books of 2013 was Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. “Love it or hate it,” said Slate, “Sandberg and her book will forever be a founding document for a generation of career women who found in its pages advice, sympathy, understanding, provocation—or just a way to start the discussion they’ve been needing to have for years.”

3. The winner of the British Psychological Society’s 2013 Book Award in the popular category was Claudia Hammond’s Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception.

4. Barnes and Noble listed Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath among the year’s best new non-fiction. “As usual, his research covers a vast terrain;” said the Barnes and Noble editors, “in this case, from Cold War battlefields to the minutiae of microscopic cancer research; and as usual, his findings [in this case about the effects of obstacles and challenges] are as telling as they are surprising. David and Goliath reminds us again that with the proper guide, almost everything can be seen anew.” (not everyone was so impressed).

5. New Scientist chose The Anatomy of Violence: The biological roots of crime by Adrian Raine as one of their favourite science books of 2013. “Apparently, heart rate is a good predictor of criminal tendencies. More about this and other telltale signs from criminologist Adrian Raine as he builds a case that violent criminals differ biologically from the rest of humanity.”

6. Foyles of London lists Cat Sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed among its science recommendations for Christmas. “Cat Sense offers us for the first time a true picture of one of humanity’s closest and most enigmatic companions.”

7. For The Guardian, Lisa Appignanesi chose psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz’s The Examined Life as among the best psychology books of 2013. She describes it as “a finely honed rendition in some 30 vignettes of what passes in his consulting room.” (check out her other choices, including Naoki Higashida’s The Reason I Jump and Giovanni Frazzetto’s How We Feel).

8. Brain Pickings has published a list of the 13 best psychology and philosophy books of the year, including Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova: “an effort to reverse-engineer Holmes’s methodology into actionable insights that help develop ‘habits of thought that will allow you to engage mindfully with yourself and your world as a matter of course.'”

9. James McConnachie for the Sunday Times listed The Society of Timid Souls: Or, How to Be Brave by Polly Morland among his pick of the best “thought” books of the year. “… hugely thought-provoking account of encounters with the brave and the formerly frightened: big-wave surfers, armed robbers, firefighters, maimed soldiers and neurotic orchestral musicians. It is a work that feels entertaining, rather than profound, but keeps niggling away afterwards.”

10. And the Digest editor’s own recommendation: The Happy City by Charles Montgomery. The fascinating psychology and neuroscience of how we’re affected by urban design.

What was your favourite psychology book of 2013? Please share your recommendations via comments.

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Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

The 100+ most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter

Here are the 100+ most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter based on follower counts recorded over the last few weeks. If we’ve missed anyone who should be here, please let us know via comments and we’ll add them in. This is an update to our September 2011 post “Psychologists who Tweet“. Check the comments to that earlier post for even more psychologists on Twitter than we were able to include here.

Andrew Mendonsa. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 688276
Kiki Sanford. Neurophysiologist turned sci communicator. Followers: 150106
Sam Harris. Neuroscientist, author. Followers: 142451
Richard Wiseman. Psychologist, blogger and author. Followers: 121261
Laura Kauffman. Child psychologist. Followers: 106623
Steven Pinker. Evolutionary psychologist, author. Followers: 74775
George Huba. Psychologist. Followers: 53644
Leah Klungness. Author and psychologist. Followers: 53063
Dolors Reig. Social psychologist (tweets in Spanish). Followers: 51383
Oliver Sacks. Neurologist and author. Followers: 50504
Dan Ariely. Behavioural Economist, author. Followers: 49533
Travis Langley. Psychologist. Followers: 33621
Marsha Lucas. Neuropsychologist. Followers: 31273
BPS Research Digest. The BPS Research Digest! Followers: 30007
Melanie Greenberg. Clinical health psychologist. Followers: 28104
Miguel Escotet. Psychologist. Followers: 25464
Yankı Yazgan. Child psychiatrist/ psychology faculty. Followers: 23280
Aleks Krotoski. Psychologist, tech journalist. Followers: 22583
Neuroskeptic. Blogger and neuroscientist. Followers: 19851
Jo Hemmings. Celebrity psychologist. Followers: 19548
Vaughan Bell. Clinical neuropsychologist, blogger. Followers: 17992
Melissa McCreery. Clinical Psychologist. Followers: 17289
Richard Thaler. Behavioural economist. Followers: 16709.
Jeremy Dean. Blogger. Followers: 16404
Dylan William. Educational psychologist. Followers: 16261
Mo Costandi. Writer, blogger. Followers: 15689
David Eagleman. Neuroscientist, author. Followers: 15509
Noah Gray. Neuroscience editor. Followers: 14923
Sun Wolf. Social neuroscientist. Followers: 14728
David Ballard. Work psychologist. Followers: 14479
The Psychologist magazine. Followers: 14176
BPS Official. Followers 14169
David Dobbs. Neuroscience writer. Followers: 13998
Anthony Risser. Neuropsychologist, blogger. Followers: 13245
Daniel Levitin. Psychologist, author. Followers: 12985
Heidi GrantHalvorson. Social psychologist. Followers: 12124
Craig Malkin. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 12066
Kelly McGonigal. Psychologist. Followers: 11771
Honey Langcaster-James. Psychologist and coach. Followers: 11291
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. Cognitive neuroscientist. Followers: 10373
Ciaran O’Keeffe. Parapsychologist. Followers: 10251
Todd Kashdan. Psychologist. Followers: 9991
Dorothy Bishop. Developmental neuropsychologist. Followers: 9976
Petra Boynton. Psychologist, sex educator. Followers: 9895
Andrea Letamendi. Clinical psychologist. Followers:
Susan Whitbourne. Psychologist. Followers: 9593
Dean Burnett. Neuroscientist and comedian. Followers: 9216
Jay Watts. Clinical psychologist, Lacanian. Followers: 8719
Amy Cuddy. Social psychologist. Followers: 8409
Jonathan Haidt. Psychologist. Followers: 7899
David Webb. Psychology tutor, blogger. Followers: 7851
Uta Frith. Developmental neuropsychologist, autism expert. Followers: 7774
David Rock. Work psychologist. Followers: 7611
Micah Allen. Cognitive neuroscientist. Followers: 7537
Dan Gilbert. Psychologist. Followers: 7529
Simon Baron-Cohen. Developmental psychologist. Followers: 7383
Professor Bob. Psychologist. Followers: 7275
Graham Jones. Internet (cyber) psychologist. Followers: 7255
Lee Keyes. Psychologist. Followers: 7229
Christian Jarrett. Editor of the BPS Research Digest. Followers: 7135
Margarita Holmes. Psychologist and sex therapist. Followers: 7053
Paul Bloom. Psychologist. Followers: 7050
Cary Cooper. Occupational psychologist. Followers: 6876
Bruce Hood. Cognitive scientist. Followers: 6814
Susan Weinschenk. Psychologist and author. Followers: 6561
Timothy Lomauro. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 6123
Jay Dadlani. Psychologist. Followers: 5981
Todd Finnerty. Psychologist. Followers: 5783
Bradley Voytek. Neuroscientist and self-professed geek. Followers: 5775
Miriam Law-Smith. Clinical evolutionary psychologist. Followers: 5700
Claudia Hammond. Radio presenter. Followers: 5661
Pam Spurr. Agony aunt. Followers: 5646
John Grohol. Founder of Psychcentral. Followers: 5612
Maria Konnikova. Neuroscience blogger and author. Followers: 5588
Jason Goldman. Developmental & evolutionary psychologist, blogger. Followers: 5382
Andrea Kuszewski. Robopsychologist. Followers: 5329
G. Tendayi Viki. Social psychologist. Followers: 5224
Kathleen Young. Clinical Psychologist. Followers: 5116

Sophie Scott. Neuroscientist. Followers: 4954

Neuro Bonkers. Blogger. Followers: 4944
Jon Sutton. Editor of The Psychologist. Followers: 4448
Marco Iacoboni. Neuroscientist, mirror neuron expert. Followers: 4396
Jesse Bering. Psychologist, blogger. Followers: 4154
Rita Handrich. Psychologist, editor. Followers: 4152
Sandeep Gautam. Blogger. Followers: 4022
Steven Brownlow. Clinical and forensic psychologist. Followers: 3979
Joseph LeDoux. Neuroscientist, rocker. Followers: 3911
The Neurocritic. Blogger. Followers: 3894
Chris French. Anomalistic psychologist. Followers: 3818
Gary Marcus. Psychologist, author and blogger. Followers: 3801
Lyle Becourtney. Specialist in anger management. Followers: 3739
Mark Changizi. Cognitive psychologist, author. Followers: 3610
Earl Miller. Cognitive neuroscientist. Followers: 3562
Judith Beck. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 3420
Pam Dodd. Organisational psychologist. Followers: 3321
Kevin Mitchell. Neurogeneticist. Followers: 3317
Maria Panagiotidi. Grad student. Followers: 3263
Hugo Spiers. Neuroscientist. Followers: 3137
John Cacioppo. Psychologist, social neuroscientist. Followers: 3133
Daniel Simons. Cognitive psychologist, author. Followers: 3285
Scott Kaufman. Cognitive psychologist, author. Followers: 3190
Rory O’Connor. Health psychologist, suicide researcher. Followers: 3162
Andy Field. Psychologist and stats whiz. Followers: 3015
Brian MacDonald. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 3015
Geraint Rees. Neuroscientist. Followers: 3005
Wendy Cousins. Psychologist and skeptic. Followers: 2881
Roxana Rudzik-Shaw. Counselling psychologist. Followers: 2862
Prerana Shrestha. Neuroscientist. Followers: 2833
Björn Brembs. Neurobiologist. Followers: 2828
Aaron Kucyi. Neuroscientist. Followers: 2818
Brian Earp. Psychologist. Followers: 2733
Molly Crockett. Neuroscientist. Followers: 2726
Chris Atherton. Cognitive psychologist. Followers: 2718
David Timony. Educational psychologist. Followers: 2593
Rebecca Symes. Sports psychologist. Followers: 2559
Charles Fernyhough. Developmental psychologist, author. Followers: 2545
Andrew and Sabrina. Psychological scientists. Followers: 2540
BPS Occupational Digest. The BPS Occupational Digest. Followers: 2497
Daniel Willingham. Psychologist. Followers: 2390
Atle Dyregrov. Psychologist, expert in crisis psychology. Followers: 2381
Jon Simons. Cognitive neuroscientist. Followers: 2380
Ana Loback. Psychologist. Followers: 2348
Fretes Torruella. Educational psychologist. Followers: 2301
Tom Stafford. Psychologist, author. Followers: 2298
Jon Simons. Cognitive scientist. Followers: 2151
Jon Brock. Autism blogger, wannabe neuroscientist. Followers: 2125
Tom Hartley. Neuroscientist. Followers: 2030
Keith Laws. Cognitive neuropsychologist. Followers: 2007
Shelley Bonanno. Psychodynamic psychotherapist. Followers: 1924
Chris Chambers. Psychologist and neuroscientist. Followers: 1917
Rolfe Lindgren. Psychologist, personality expert. Followers: 1860
Patricia Lockwood. Psychologist, cognitive neuroscientist. Followers: 1860
Wray Herbert. Writer for APS, author. Followers: 1859
Frederik Anseel. Work psychologist. Followers: 1805
Luis Valdes. Sports psychologist. Followers: 1801
Rob Archer. Organisational psychologist. Followers: 1781
Adam Alter. Marketing psychologist. Followers: 1748
Michael Britt. Podcast host. Followers: 1747
Graham Davey. Psychologist. Followers: 1734
Jonathan Wai. Psychologist. Followers: 1722
Michelle Dawson. Autistic researcher. Followers: 1666
Alex Linley. Positive psychologist. Followers: 1611
Jamie Madigan. Cyberpsychologist. Followers: 1610
Manon Eileen. Clinical psychologist and criminologist. Followers: 1595
Michael Hogan. Psychologist and neuroscientist. Followers: 1570
Mark Stokes. Cognitive neuroscientist. Followers: 1560
Vanessa Bohns. Social psychologist. Followers: 1547
Karen Pine. Psychologist, author. Followers: 1546
Monica Whitty. Cyberpsychologist. Followers: 1543
Pete Etchells. Biological psychologist. Followers: 1536
Ioannis Nikolaou. Organisational psychologist. Followers: 1534
David Matsumoto. Psychologist and judoka. Followers: 1527
Victoria Galbraith. Counselling psychologist. Followers: 1482
Dave Brodbeck. Comparative/evolutionary psychologist. Followers: 1474
Christine Allen. Clinical psychologist and executive coach. Followers: 1470
Daryl O’Connor. Health psychologist. Followers: 1470
Sally Canning. Clinical Psychologist. Followers: 1469
Peter Kinderman. Clinical psychologist. Followers: 1464
Sanjay Srivastava. Psychologist. Followers: 1408
Christopher Chabris. Cognitive psychologist. Followers: 1398
Jonathan Firth. Psychology teacher and author. Followers: 1393
Sandra Aamodt. Neuroscience writer. Followers: 1366
Voula Grand. Psychologist and writer. Followers: 1355

Jenna Condie. Environmental psychologist. Followers: 1320
Ciaran Mc Mahon. Psychologist. Followers: 1304
Matt Wall. Neuroscientist. Followers: 1293

If we’ve missed any psychologists or neuroscientists who should be in the top 100 please let us know via comments and we’ll add them in.

–Thanks to Emma Smith for help with compiling the update. 

Research Digest on the radio

The BPS Research Digest makes its radio debut tonight on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind programme.  Tune in at 9pm (BST) to hear the Digest editor Christian Jarrett chat with presenter Claudia Hammond about some of the psychology and neuroscience studies reported in recent weeks here at the Digest.

The studies mentioned are: 
Also on the programme, Claudia talks to neuroscientist Kris de Meyer who spent six weeks interviewing followers of evangelical Christian broadcaster, Harold Camping, as they waited for May 21st, 2011, the date the earth was supposed to end. Also, is bad news bad for your mental health ? Rolf Dobelli, author of The Art of Thinking, believes so, and he’s given up on the habit. Claudia talks to Rolf and Dr Pam Ramsden who discuss what we know about news consumption and mental wellbeing.

Please vote for the Research Digest

Friends, please consider voting for the BPS Research Digest in the inaugural Science Seeker Awards. Science Seeker is a fantastic website that aggregates all the world’s science blogs in one place and organises them by topic.

A panel of judges will select the winners from among the most nominated blog posts in different categories. Here’s how you can help the Research Digest win the psychology category:

  • I self-nominated the popular Digest blog post Why Do Children Hide By Covering Their Eyes?. The more nominations it gets, the more likely it will get short-listed. You can add your nomination by visiting this page and clicking the little trophy icon in the top right-hand corner (or you can click the star to recommend it). 
  • If you’d like to nominate a different Digest blog post, there’s an archive of Digest posts on the Science Seeker website. Find the one you like and click the little trophy icon – any posts published prior to February 1 2013 are eligible. [more details on the awards here].

Thanks so much for your support. 2013 marks ten years since the launch of the BPS Research Digest service, so it would be a wonderful anniversary present to be short-listed (or win!) a Science Seeker award. The deadline for nominations is March 31.

PS. If the Digest were lucky enough to win, as editor I would donate any potential cash prize to a mental health charity.
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Post written by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.