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PSYlent: 16th September 2007

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Here is the next 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 new bumper installment of PSYlent (the first one for quite a while actually) is here for you to read. Keep up-to-date with all that’s going on int psychology that’s a little weird and wacky – well at least I think so. Read on for this weeks episode …

The man with almost no brain
The removal of an entire hemisphere of the brain can be performed with little or no noticeable changes in behaviour is a demonstration of the remarkable adaptability of the human brain so Neurophilosophy say.

The science of the song-in-the-head
Ever hear a song play over and over again in your mind, and be unable to do anything about it? It happens to us all. Over at The Situationist they have an interview with the person who should be able to tell us why!

For all those teachers with yawning students
Yawning may reveal more about a person than their boredom threshold, according to research. A susceptibility to contagious yawning may actually be a sign of a high-level of social empathy – head over to CogNews for the lowdown.

Have you washed your hands?
Believe it or not, your fingerprints can reveal whether you’re male or female (scientists determine that from the amount of urine in your print) and if you eat meat. For more on this lovely topic see Psychology101.

Why do we do ‘it’?
Many scientists assume people have sex for simple and straightforward reasons such as to experience sexual pleasure or to reproduce, but new research at The University of Texas at Austin reveals hundreds of varied and complex motivations that range from the spiritual to the vengeful, or so CogNews would have you think!

BBC Sexual Behaviour series begins
BBC Radio 4 is running a special season on sexuality that will cover everything from the history cultural views on sex to the medical aspects of sexual dysfunction. Hat-tip to MindHacks for pointing this one out.

And finally …

Enough Wikipedia?
Now it’s that time that we’re all looking for coursework and studies maybe you should ditch it and see what else is out there – if you’re looking for research here’s 20 non-wikipedia online reference sources and for those of you who refuse to budge there’s 10 Wikipedia tricks.

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