Category: Feast

How East and West think in profoundly different ways

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-18-20-33Our editor’s pick of this week’s 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:

How East And West Think In Profoundly Different Ways
Psychologists are uncovering the surprising influence of geography on our reasoning, behaviour, and sense of self, writes David Robson at BBC Future.

Mind Maps: The Beauty of Brain Cells in Pictures
The 19th-century Spanish scientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, was one of the first people to unravel the mysteries of the structure of the brain – and he made stunning drawings to describe and explain his discoveries, as shown in this feature from The Guardian.

How To Overcome Unconscious Bias
We all have prejudices we’re not even aware of—but they don’t have to govern our behaviour, by Jordan Axt for Scientific American.

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Psychology’s Favorite Tool for Measuring Racism Isn’t Up to the Job

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-18-20-33Our editor’s pick of this week’s 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:

Psychology’s Favorite Tool for Measuring Racism Isn’t Up to the Job
Almost two decades after its introduction, the implicit association test has failed to deliver on its lofty promises. By Jesse Singal for New York’s Science of Us.

BPS Response to Theresa May’s Speech on Mental Health
Professor Peter Kinderman, the President of the British Psychological Society, has welcomed Theresa May’s pledge to introduce new measures to improve mental health care.

Do 1 In 4 People Really Have A Mental Illness Right Now?
Theresa May says a quarter of Britons suffer from mental health problems at any given time. But it’s really not clear where that number comes from. By Tom Chivers for Buzz Feed.

The Voices in Our Heads: Why Do People Talk To Themselves And When Does It Become a Problem?
By Jerome Groopman for the New Yorker.

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The surprising self-interest in being kind to strangers

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-18-20-33Our editor’s pick of the 10 best psychology and neuroscience links from the last week or so:

The Surprising Self-interest In Being Kind to Strangers
Amy Alkon’s recent TED talk dealt with “Trickle-Down Humanity,” about why we need to do small kindnesses for strangers and why that’s the most powerful kind of kindness.

Why Magazines Matter
As The Psychologist relaunches, Ella Rhodes considers style and impact in the printed form.

Beyond Grit: The Science of Creativity, Purpose, and Motivation
A conversation between the psychologists and best-selling authors Adam Grant and Angela Duckworth: “Your interests and your passion develop over time. I want to disabuse people of this mythology of ‘it happens to you and if you’re lucky, you find it, and then that’s all you have to do.’”

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Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-18-20-33Our editor’s pick of the 10 best psychology and neuroscience links from the last week or so:

Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self
The same part of the brain that allows us to step into the shoes of others also helps us restrain ourselves, writes Ed Yong at The Atlantic.

Is Psychosis An ‘Immune Disorder’?
Vaughan Bell at Mind Hacks on a new study that’s been generating lots of media attention.

Your Beautiful Brain …
… Dispatches from the frontiers of neuroscience – a long read about the impressive brain research taking place at Columbia University in New York.

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The Power of Negative Thinking

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-18-20-33Our editor’s pick of the 10 best psychology and neuroscience links spotted in the last week:

The Power of Negative Thinking
New BBC Radio 4 series presented by writer Oliver Burkeman.

A Maturing Picture of Emotion
At The Psychologist, Louisa Lawrie and Louise Phillips on how we process emotions in ourselves and others as we age.

It Is Pretty Easy to Get Art Experts to Fall for Fakes
Simon Oxenham aka Neurobonkers makes his debut on Science of Us.

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Scientists may have made consciousness more mysterious than necessary

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-18-20-33Our editor’s pick of this week’s 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:

The Real Problem
It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be. Anil Seth for Aeon

The Medieval Mind
Scholars are finding that medieval science – in various fields – is more sophisticated than previously thought. Over at The Psychologist, Corinne Saunders and Charles Fernyhough show that psychology is no exception.

Why Pride is Good
Try to forget about the idea of pride as a deadly sin. The latest research shows that pride can be a powerful motivational force. Christian Jarrett for 99U

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Link feast

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-18-20-33Our editor’s pick of this week’s 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:

There’s Such a Thing as Too Much Neuroscience
NYT Op-ed by John Markowitz.

Maybe Trump Is Explained by His Disastrous Sleep Habits
“Trump Syndrome”: “a ravenous late-night craving for stimulation that results in a sometimes sporadic, often slender sleep schedule,” explains Drake Baer at New York’s Science of Us.

‘Rubber Hand illusion’ Reveals How The Brain Understands The Body
Scientists use a trick with a fake hand to explore how the mind combines information from the senses to create a feeling of body ownership. Ian Sample at The Guardian.

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Link feast

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-18-20-33Our editor’s pick of this week’s 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:

The Everyday Magic of Superstition
Ella Rhodes at The Psychologist speaks to psychologists in an attempt to understand the widespread and persistent nature of apparently irrational beliefs.

Do Men and Women Really Have Different Personalities?
Personality profiles appear to reveal consistent (if subtle) differences between men and women – but are they meaningful? I attempted to untangle a knotty and controversial question for BBC Future.

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Link feast

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-18-20-33Our editor’s pick of this week’s 10 best psychology and neuroscience links

‘Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’
At The Psychologist, Jon Sutton and Aidan Horner speak to the children of psychologists, and the psychologists themselves, about their parenting.

Why Does the Replication Crisis Seem Worse in Psychology?
The same problems are facing other fields, too. Here’s why you hear about it most in psychology, says Andrew Gelman for Slate. Continue reading “Link feast”

Link feast

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-18-20-33Our editor’s pick of this week’s 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:

How Curiosity Can Protect The Mind From Bias
Neither intelligence nor education can stop you from forming prejudiced opinions – but an inquisitive attitude may help you make wiser judgements

There’s a Lot of Junk fMRI Research Out There. Here’s What Top Neuroscientists Want You to Know
It’s easy to misrepresent the findings from brain scan studies. Just ask a dead salmon.

Live Long and Prosper
The psychology of Star Trek’s relentless optimism about the future.

Why Are Babies So Dumb If Humans Are So Smart?
Human intelligence comes with a curious caveat: our babies are among the dumbest—or, rather, the most helpless—that exist.

The 8 New Books To Read This Autumn/Winter
Occupational psychologist and best-selling author Adam Grant spent his summer reading advance copies of the top-releases on the way later this year. Here are his favourite 8.

How to Raise a Genius: Lessons From a 45-Year Study of Super-smart Children
A long-running investigation of exceptional children reveals what it takes to produce the scientists who will lead the twenty-first century.

Clues To Your Personality Appeared Before You Could Talk
Long before you could express yourself with words, you were giving away the signs of your adult temperament. I explain how over at my BBC column.

Brain drain? Lumosity Reels After Federal Crackdown on Online ‘Brain Training’
The brain-training giant Lumosity is recalibrating its strategy and facing new challenges as it reels from a federal crackdown on bold health claims about its digital games.

The Language Rules We Know – But Don’t Know We Know
Mark Forsyth tasted internet fame this week when a passage from a book he wrote went viral. He explains more language secrets that native speakers know without knowing.

Discover the Science of School Yard Illusions
Childhood tricks can reveal a surprising amount about early cognition and the nervous system.

–Compiled by Christian Jarrett, Editor of BPS Research Digest