BPS Research Digest

Your free, fortnightly roundup of the latest psychology research from the British Psychological Society.

09/22/2017 08:00 AM
For people in Japan, happiness isn’t associated with better health
The researchers think that cultural differences in attitudes toward emotions may explain their results, but more research is needed. By Emma Young

09/21/2017 07:41 AM
Conspirators in their own memory loss – findings from 53 patients with “psychogenic amnesia”
The current thinking is that psychogenic amnesia involves an element of deliberate memory suppression. By Christian Jarrett

09/20/2017 07:30 AM
Children of today are better at delaying gratification than previous generations
The research looked at how children's performance on the "Marshmallow Test" of self-control has changed over the last 50 years. By Christian Jarrett

09/19/2017 09:16 AM
Contrary to media hype, new review says learning a second language won’t protect you from dementia
"Public health policy should ... remove recommendations regarding bilingualism as a strategy to delay dementia", the researchers said. By Alex Fradera

09/18/2017 09:39 AM
Women know better than men what other women are thinking and feeling
Part of the explanation for women being easier to read could be that they are more emotionally expressive than men. By Emma Young

09/15/2017 09:19 AM
Let’s dial down the hype about grit – new paper finds no association with creative achievement
Grit is an interesting concept but is unlikely to be the breakthrough that changes society. By Alex Fradera

09/14/2017 09:44 AM
Autistic boys and girls found to have “hypermasculinised” faces – supporting the Extreme Male Brain theory
The findings support the idea that prenatal exposure to high levels of testosterone may contribute to the development of autism. By Christian Jarrett

09/13/2017 08:45 AM
New research reveals the long-term toll of keeping secrets
It is mind-wandering about our secrets that most seems to take a toll, rather than the job of concealing them. By Alex Fradera

09/12/2017 09:53 AM
Mentally well voice-hearers have a heightened ability to detect real speech
The results support the idea that auditory hallucinations develop from ordinary perceptual processes. By Emma Young

09/11/2017 12:10 PM
Children as young as four believe in karma – good things happen to those who do good
Regardless of whether they have a religious upbringing, young kids seem to believe in cosmic karma – that the world rewards good behaviour. By Christian Jarrett