Friday, 15 June 2012

Feast

Image courtesy of Adrian Owen
Tuck into our latest round-up of the best psych and neuro links:

Nature news feature on the neuroimaging work of Adrian Owen, who's found signs of awareness in vegetative patients. (Earlier digest coverage of one of Owen's ground-breaking papers).

New book that's worth a look "The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking" by Oliver Burkeman. Burkeman gave a talk at the RSA about his book and the audio is available online.

The woman who changed her brain. Guardian profile of Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, author of The Woman who Changed Her Brain: Unlocking the Extraordinary Potential of the Human Mind.

How can photography help us to understand organisations?

How driven are you? The psychology of drive and determination (pdf)

The latest edition of BBC Radio Four's All in the Mind is now on iPlayer, with a mix of topics including stalking at work and whether or not the Olympics will really inspire people to take up sport.

The Telegraph covered a new study showing how the relative influence of the environment and genes on children's behaviour and cognition varies by UK region.

Mind Hacks highlighted a curious case of an employee working on a reality TV show, who developed the delusion that the show was actually about him.

Psychologist Gary Marcus says it's never too late to learn the guitar. The Guardian has an extract from his new book Guitar Zero – The Science of Learning to be Musical.

Pump up the volume! BBC Radio Four broadcast a programme, now on iPlayer, about the power of music to improve sports performance and reduce the perception of effort.

Why we worry ... Sussex University psychologist Graham Davey has started a new blog for Psychology Today.

Dan Ariely has a new book out on lying.

The Indy covered new epidemiology research suggesting that we're 14 per cent more likely to die on our birthday.

Simon Baron-Cohen explains the loss for autism researchers and others from the recent freezer-failure at the McLean brain bank.

New Edge video: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explains her research into the adolescent brain.
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Post compiled by Christian Jarrett for the BPS Research Digest.

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