Guest writers

We aim to cover a broad range of psychology research and provide our readers with a variety of perspectives and voices. So a few times a month, we go beyond our group of staff bloggers and publish posts by other talented writers in our community, from psychology students making the brave leap into science communication, to professional science writers.

Are you confident you can write about a new, peer-reviewed study in psychology in an entertaining and informative manner? Do you have the skills to cast a critical eye on research? If so, we would welcome a pitch from you.

To pitch, or for more information about our approach and the rates we offer, contact us.

Past guest contributions:

Craig Aaen-Stockdale
In search of the optimum level of trust between human and machine

Robin Abrahams
Can relationships with fictional characters aid our self development?

Ananya Ak
Vets Show “Weight Bias” Against Obese Dogs And Their Owners

Jack Barton
Public Wouldn’t Trust Companies To Scan Social Media Posts For Signs Of Depression, Survey Finds
Digital Therapy For Insomnia Shows How Technology Can Be Harnessed To Improve Sleep And Mental Health

Mary Bates
Baboons like to hang out with other baboons who are similar
Rats can be trained to perform search and rescue missions
Pessimistic rats are extra sensitive to negative feedback

Vaughan Bell 
With a cocktail of magic and fMRI, psychologists implanted thoughts in people’s minds

Daniel Bor
When you’re sleeping, how much does your brain pay attention to the outside world?

Jon Brock
Are tweets a goldmine for psychologists or just a lot of noise? Researchers clash over the meaning of social media data

Ellie Broughton
Teacher Trainees Are More Likely To Misread Black Children As Angry Than White Children

Bradley Busch
What is the psychological state underlying “clutch performance” – excelling under pressure?
The art of not fighting: Martial arts reduce child and teen aggression
Why you’re more likely to remember something if you read it to yourself out loud
This cheap, brief “growth mindset” intervention shifted struggling students onto a more successful trajectory

Dan Carney
Autistic Children May Experience Less Variation In Their Bodily Emotional Responses
“Visual-Verbal Prompting” Could Make Interviews More Manageable For Autistic People
What People Think They Know About Autism Bears Little Relation To Their Actual Knowledge
Researchers are figuring out how sense of self develops differently in autistic teens

Marianne Cezza
Learning more about yourself could help you better understand others

Mathias Clasen
Spook me, please: What psychology tells us about the appeal of halloween
How do horror video games work, and why do people play them?

Mo Costandi
Mindfulness meditation increases people’s susceptibility to false memories
Neuro Milgram – Your brain takes less ownership of actions that you perform under coercion

James Coyne
By treating depression, do we also treat suicidality? The answer is far from straightforward

Sofia Deleniv
Once A Meanie, Always A Meanie: Toddlers Are Harsh Judges Of Moral Character
Our Brains “See” Beams Of Motion Emanating From People’s Faces Towards The Object Of Their Attention 
A New Take On The Marshmallow Test: Children Wait Longer For A Treat When Their Reputation Is At Stake
Reminders Of God Don’t Actually Encourage Us To Take Risks, Replication Study Finds
Siblings Who Believe Their Family Has A Lower Social Standing Are More Likely To Experience Mental Health Difficulties
Mind wide open – brain activity reveals motives behind people’s altruism
Brain scan study reveals dogs attend to word meaning, not just intonation

Temma Ehrenfeld
Drop the strut: Both men and women find humility more attractive
Writing about your emotional pain could make you feel worse, unless you do it with “self-compassion”

Lucy Foulkes
You laugh differently with friends than you do with strangers (and listeners can tell the difference)
Risk-taking teens’ brains seem to disregard past bad outcomes
For teen boys at risk of psychopathy, laughter isn’t catching

Julia Gottwald
Teens reject junk food when healthy eating is framed as rebellion
Can brain activity predict chocolate sales? In search of the buy button

Helge Hasselmann
No, autistic people do not have a “broken” mirror neuron system – new evidence
Autistic people’s social difficulties linked to abnormal processing of touch
There’s such a thing as “autism camouflaging” and it might explain why some people are diagnosed so late
Psychologists have studied what’s happening when music gives us chills or makes us cry
It’s not just lack of sleep: why pupils with an “owl” chronotype get lower grades
In or out – how brain activity can predict your vote on Brexit 
Brain differences in avid players of violent video games suggest they are “callous, cool and in control”
The dramatic increase in the diagnosis of ADHD has not been accompanied by a rise in clinically significant symptoms

Juliet Hodges
Introducing the Invisibility Cloak Illusion: We think we’re more observant (and less observed) than everyone else
Find a gym buddy – not letting them down can be a powerful incentive

Melissa Hogenboom
What does fear do to our vision?
Hanging out with virtual reality spiders helps arachnophobes see real spiders as smaller and less scary

Bruce Hood
How does the psychology of ownership differ between Western and Eastern cultures?

Dan Jones
How can we increase altruism towards future generations?
How to get kids to tell the truth? It’s not all about carrot or stick
Expert philosophers are just as irrational as the rest of us
New research reveals our folk beliefs about immortality – we think the good and bad will live on, but in very different ways
Philosophise this – psychology research by philosophers is robust and replicates better than other areas of psychology

Peter Kinderman
Why is poverty associated with mental health problems for some people, but not others?

Elizabeth Kirkham
Positive role models are vital for encouraging girls into engineering and computer science

Jordan Gaines Lewis
Exposure to different forms of violence affects kids’ sleep differently
To keep your memories alive, it’s better to write a diary in the evening than in the morning

Louisa Lyon
Reading Between The Lines: Why Girls’ Superior Reading Skills May Be Lowering Their Future Salaries

Sam McNerney
Everyone is attracted to creativity. But which creative acts are the sexiest?
What recycled sewage water reveals about human psychology

The trouble with tDCS? Electrical brain stimulation may not work after all

Simon Oxenham
The “Backfire Effect”: Correcting false beliefs about vaccines can be surprisingly counterproductive
Researchers say they’ve found a way to combat anti-vaccine attitudes, but is it premature to celebrate?
Googling stuff can cause us to overestimate our own knowledge
Academically successful children smoke more cannabis as teenagers: is it time to rethink drug education programmes?
Believing widely doubted conspiracy theories satisfies some people’s need to feel special
Psychologists clash over how easy it is to implant false memories of committing a crime

Freddy Parker
Simply Changing The Order Of Fast Food Menus Nudges Customers Towards Healthier Soft Drink Choices
A Lack Of Sleep Causes Anxiety — But Don’t Worry About It

Stuart Ritchie
How do you prove that reading boosts IQ?
Why do more intelligent people live longer?
It’s now possible, in theory, to predict life success from a genetic test at birth
Was that new Science paper hyped and over-interpreted because of its liberal message?

David Robson
Just how plastic is the brain?
Older people frequently underestimate their own memory skills
The comforting power of comedy is due to more than just distraction
Can evolutionary psychology explain why we love to hate evil villains?
Would you really be happier if you were better looking?
There is a second “window of opportunity” for learning in late adolescence and early adulthood
How US kids’ problems with fractions reveal the fascinating link between language and maths
A New Trial Of An Ancient Rhetorical Trick Finds It Can Make You Wiser
Why Fear Of Rejection Prevents Us From Making Wise Decisions

Itamar Shatz
Self-Compassion Can Protect You From Feeling Like A Burden When You Mess Things Up For Your Group

Jesse Singal
Researchers Once Found That People Believe In “Climate Change” More Than “Global Warming” — But Word Choice No Longer Seems To Matter
We Tend To See Acts We Disapprove Of As Deliberate — A Bias That Helps Explain Why Conservatives Believe In Free Will More Than Liberals
Conservatives Might Not Have A More Potent Fear Response Than Liberals After All
Want To Know Whether A Psychology Study Will Replicate? Just Ask A Bunch Of People
Researchers Conducted Six Studies To Investigate How Best To Challenge Science Deniers
Psychologists Show It’s Possible To Fix Misleading Press Releases – Without Harming Their News Value
Does Religion Really Cause Violence?
Finally Some Robust Research Into Whether “Diversity Training” Actually Works – Unfortunately It’s Not Very Promising

Ginny Smith
New Milgram replication in Poland finds 90 per cent of participants willing to deliver highest shock

Laura Spinney
Our collective memory, like individual memory, is shockingly fallible
Joining a crowd transforms us psychologically, with serious health implications

Tom Stafford
Images of ultra-thin models need your attention to make you feel bad
People who think their opinions are superior to others are most prone to overestimating their relevant knowledge and ignoring chances to learn more

Richard Stephens
Being fluent at swearing is a sign of healthy verbal ability
This one physiological measure has a surprisingly strong link with men’s and women’s propensity for violence
Why do so many people dislike the word “moist”?
Huh? Study finds taboo billboards improve driving performance

Lexie Thorpe
We adjust the pitch of our voice based on the status of who we’re talking to

Rhi Willmot
Acting Dishonestly Impairs Our Ability To Read Other People’s Emotions
What Counts As Altruism? People Judge Good Acts Harshly When They Are Performed For Selfish Ends
Why We Continue to Believe False Information Even After We’ve Learned It’s Not True

Tomasz Witkowski
Pop Concert, Opera — Or Both? What Drives People To Become “Cultural Omnivores”
Why do we enjoy reality TV? Researchers say it’s more about empathy than humiliation
After half a century of research, psychology can’t predict suicidal behaviours better than by coin flip
New meta-analysis undermines the myth that negative emotions can cause cancer
People who think they exercise less than their peers die earlier, regardless of their actual activity levels
When tears turn into pearls: Post-traumatic growth following childhood and adolescent cancer
Even those participants who claimed pop culture is unimportant suffered psychological ill effects from feeling out of the loop
Performing meaningless rituals boosts our self-control through making us feel more self-disciplined

In 2014, a series of guest editors hosted the Research Digest blog while our founding editor was away: 

Jennifer Bazar
Does Psychology have its own vocabulary?
Have you exercised your memory lately?
A photograph can be worth a thousand words

Dorothy Bishop
The clinical reality of neurodevelopment disorders
Kidding ourselves on educational interventions?
The enigma of dyslexic musicians

Petra Boynton
Shame, stigma and mother-blaming following miscarriage
‘We innovate now’: sexual lives following lower limb amputation
‘I’ll have what she’s having’ – Developing the Faking Orgasm Scale for Women

Chris Chambers
Antidepressant brain stimulation: Promising signs or continuing doubts?
A replication tour de force
Can cognitive training boost self-control?

Pete Etchells
Do television and video games impact on the wellbeing of younger children?
How does stress affect your public speaking skills?
Inflated praise for your children: an ‘incredibly’ bad idea?

Facial expressions as social camouflage
Around the world, things look better in hindsight
You don’t have to be well-educated to be an ‘aversive racist’, but it helps

Melanie Tannenbaum
Mind the gap: Overestimating income inequality
Why do people perceive slurs directed at some groups as more offensive than those directed at others?
If obesity is a disease, is labelling it that way the cure?

Tom Stafford
A self-fulfilling fallacy?
Alcohol could have cognitive benefits – depending on your genes
Getting to grips with implicit bias