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PSYlent: 17th February 2008

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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!

Well here we are again – the first PSYlent for a while but there’s some excellent bits from around the web for you from why scratching is actually good for you to the must have accessory of the year. Read on for this weeks-months-until the next time I write it’s PSYlent.

Wikipedia and the New Curriculum
Should we really be that over-zealous in banning and slating the new digital era? Interesting article over at Science Progress discusses the issue.

Itch away …
In the first study to use imaging technology to see what goes on in the brain when we scratch and why it can be hard to stop.

How to avoid joining a cult
Learn to spot the tell-tale signs of a cult. Discover the various motives and brainwashing techniques of persuasive groups.

The limits of Cognitive Dissonance
One of my favourite theories in psychology: cognitive dissonance has limits. Psyblog discusses the fact that although cognitive dissonance is a powerful, well-known predictor of human thought and behaviour, its limits are less well understood.

And finally …

Is that a brain on your head?
It’s not often you find yourself thinking ‘you know, I really need a brain hat, but I just can’t decide which one to buy’ but if you do pop over to MindHacks to see which one suites-you-sir!

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