- Great interview of Judith Rich Harris by The Frontal Cortex's Jonah Lehrer. Harris was the textbook editor who put the psychology world in a tizzy in 1998 with the release of her book The Nurture Assumption, which challenged the standing belief that parents play a major role in the shaping of their children's personality. Wrong, said Harris, and she pointed out the flaws in a number of research studies to back her assertions. The book is now out in an expanded edition and is a definite must-read for psychology teachers.
- Jonah Lehrer also writes about what we can learn from how the brains of babies work. The article features psychologist Allison Gopnik who has a forthcoming book called The Philosophical Baby (with its own YouTube intro here).
- NPR's Robert Kulwich does a piece on how language shapes thinking.
- The Obama administration is using applied psychology to get people to want the "change [they] can believe in." Vaughan at Mind Hacks wonders where the skepticism is to this approach.
- Discover Magazine looks at The Big Similarities & Quirky Differences Between Our Left and Right Brains.
- Is sex addiction an excuse, not a disease?
- Nature looks at how the MRI is changing the way we view the brain.
- Has the APA been slow to act when its members have been involved in torture?
- Epilepsy not as a storm in the brain, but an anti-storm?
- New Scientist looks at choice blindness -- how do we know what we want?
- An awesome (but long, naturally) look by the New Yorker at how drugs like Adderall are being used off-label to help non-ADHD people do better than before.
- A lecture on the connection between the fMRI and the four humours (!).
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