PSYlent: 13th May 2007


Here is the next PSYlent, our weekly overview of those stories that I think are pretty interesting in psychology but don’t really apply to the OCR specification. 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!

This week people have mostly been talking about …

A quirky look at our quirky species
Prof Richard Wiseman tackles some of the quirkier findings in the psychological literature in a New Scientist article which has been made freely available online. Thanks to MindHacks for this one. If that wets your appetite then the Situationalist has much more in their review of ‘Applied Quirkology‘.

Not again!
They (whoever they are) say you learn from your mistakes. But if that’s the case, how come many of us make the same bad decisions over and over again? If you’re pondering this then pop over to the NS Blog to find out.

Busting the myth that 93% of communication is non-verbal
Hitch was wrong! The idea the vast majority of communication occurs nonverbally is quoted everywhere from advertising to popular psychology articles. Well, Jeremy D over at PsyBlog is the one doing the busting.

Believe …
Next time you’re tempted to assume your partner would never lie to you but the nervous-looking person in the office probably does, stop and think again. Well, more fab commentary on detecting lies from PsyBlog.

Virtually any[where/time/thing]
Today, virtual games. Tomorrow, virtual worlds where you can turn into DNA, play a piano, and merge with your computer. Pop over (virtually of course!) to Discover to have a read of what’s going on.

That’s all folks. Until next week.

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One Response to “PSYlent: 13th May 2007”

  1. Jamie May 30, 2007 at 12:01 pm #

    The New Scientist Podcast has some interesting thoughts on quirkology: here

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