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From the writers of PSYlent: A Psychology Smorgasbord

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With all my efforts being put into teaching and getting my little darlings ready for their exams it’s been a quiet time around here recently. To add to that loosing this weekend to a marking meeting (at least it was in the beautiful Cambridge) has meant that I haven’t had time to write; but I woke up early. So to make up for it here are some interesting stories from around the web that I have come across over the last few weeks.

PSYlent, the weekly overview of those stories that I think are pretty interesting in psychology but don’t really apply to OCR. Seems a shame to miss out on them just because I can’t get them to fit into the specifications. So, here are those studies that would have been without a voice on PsychBLOG, or as I’m going to call them: PSYlent!

A Portrait of the Brain
In his recent book “A Portrait Of the Brain” neurologist Adam Zeman seeks to explore the brain all the way from its atoms to the soul. He does this Oliver Sacks-style, by discussing patients he has encountered. Listen to the chap talking about this and more. Via BPSRD.

The Amazing Intelligence of Crow
Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behaviour, he’s come up with an elegant machine that may form a new bond between animal and human. Another amazing video from TED.

Idiots Guide to the DSM-IV
Psychological disorders range from personality disorders to sleep disorders. Here’s a complete list of the 16 DSM-IV mental illnesses, plus brief definitions. Via Suite101. And if you’re feeling a little more adventurous there’s the full version of the DSM-IV-TR and the ICD-10 online.

From A-to-Zee
From Dr. Mezmer’s Blog of Bad Psychology a different spin on a psychological glossary.

Is this you?
“You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical of yourself. While you have some personality weaknesses you are generally able to compensate for them. You have considerable unused capacity that you have not turned to your advantage.” A nice little ditty on the Barnum Effect over at Robs Psychological Ramblings.

and finally …

Is it magic?
Magical thinking is described in a number of ways. Superstition is the most common, where we assume rituals will somehow affect the future despite having no causal connection to what we want to change. MindHacks has commentary on a PsychologyToday article on magical thinking.

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