BPS Research Digest

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

07/16/2018 09:51 AM
Audiobooks pack a more powerful emotional punch than film
In getting people more involved in a story, the form of the novel – whether in print or audio – reigns supreme. By Emma Young

07/13/2018 08:43 AM
Research into the mental health of prisoners, digested
Around the world, more people than ever are locked up in prisons, and many incarcerated individuals have intensifying mental health needs. By Christian Jarrett

07/12/2018 09:55 AM
Philosophise this – psychology research by philosophers is robust and replicates better than other areas of psychology
Studies in the burgeoning field of experimental philosophy produce more robust results than many other areas of psychology. By Dan Jones

07/11/2018 09:02 AM
Performing meaningless rituals boosts our self-control through making us feel more self-disciplined
The results are promising for anyone who would like to boost their self-control, but many aspects of rituals remain unexplored. By Tom Witkowski

07/10/2018 09:12 AM
After analysing the field’s leading journal, a psychologist asks: Is social psychology still the science of behaviour?
Social psychology's classic studies focused on observable behaviour. Today the field mostly involves questionnaires and key presses. By Alex Fradera

07/09/2018 09:51 AM
We can tell from a person’s roar whether they are bigger and stronger than us
Just as in other mammals, it seems that humans convey their formidability through their vocalisations. By Emma Young

07/06/2018 08:43 AM
Researchers have identified a group of patients who are especially prone to out-of-body experiences
Previous research into out-of-body experiences has focused on vision and touch, neglecting the role of the vestibular system. By Emma Young

07/05/2018 10:42 AM
Open-plan offices drive down face-to-face interactions and increase use of email
By Christian Jarrett As well as their cost-saving appeal, the rationale for large open-plan offices is that they are expected…

07/04/2018 09:07 AM
Psychologists have looked into why “phubbing” is so harmful to our social lives
By Alex Fradera If you are with someone who is ignoring you while they interact with their smartphone, you have been…

07/03/2018 10:22 AM
Newly analysed recording challenges Zimbardo’s account of his infamous prison experiment
Zimbardo and his colleagues clearly played a much more active role in the shocking events in the prison study than previously claimed. By Christian Jarrett