BPS Research Digest

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

03/16/2018 09:03 AM
Psychotherapy trainees’ experiences of their own mandatory personal therapy raise “serious ethical considerations”
The researchers call on regulatory and training institutions to consider the issues raised by their findings. By Christian Jarrett

03/15/2018 08:30 AM
What do the public make of the “implicit association test” and being told they are subconsciously racist?
As well as advertising their own wokeness, many of the fans of the IAT also criticised the test's detractors. By Christian Jarrett

03/14/2018 08:53 AM
Investigating the “STEM gender-equality paradox” – in fairer societies, fewer women enter science
These findings suggest we need a nuanced approach to the sticky issue of gender and participation in science. By Alex Fradera

03/13/2018 09:09 AM
The dramatic increase in the diagnosis of ADHD has not been accompanied by a rise in clinically significant symptoms
The findings suggest that factors other than rising symptoms are the driving force behind increased ADHD prevalence. By Helge Hasselmann

03/12/2018 09:25 AM
Children with higher working memory are more inclined to finger count (and less able kids should be encouraged to do the same)
The researchers said their findings support teaching less able young kids how to finger count effectively. By Christian Jarrett

03/09/2018 09:08 AM
Psychologists have explored why we sometimes like listening to the same song on repeat
Bittersweet songs were listened to more often than happy or relaxing songs, and provoked a deeper connection. By Alex Fradera

03/08/2018 09:18 AM
Best-selling introductory psychology books give a misleading view of intelligence
The findings help explain why the public often express a scepticism toward intelligence testing that is at odds with expert opinion. By Christian Jarrett

03/07/2018 09:43 AM
First systematic study of people who can give themselves goose-bumps at will
Before now, there were only three known cases of this psychophysiological superpower in the literature. By Christian Jarrett

03/06/2018 10:12 AM
Against expectations, people with more egalitarian political views were more open to the idea that intelligence is fixed
Individual differences are worth considering if we want to change mindset, but we’re still in early days of understanding how. By Alex Fradera

03/05/2018 10:26 AM
Belief in brain myths and child development myths continues even among those who’ve studied psychology
By Christian Jarrett Despite countless myth-busting articles online, dedicated bloggers like Neuroskeptic, and the publication of a recent book described by Ben…