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PSYlent: 22nd July 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!

I have plowed my way through the backlog of posts, journal articles and emails that I’d been torn away from while marking and here is a another episode of PSYlent for you. So, without further ado, for your reading pleasure, here is the next (and overdue) “what I’ve been reading this week” …

Is TV really helping criminals perform the ‘perfect crime’?
For a long time there’s been discussion about a new ‘CSI Generation‘ of criminals who are watching things like CSI and the Discovery Channel to ‘study’ how to litrally get away with murder. But is this really the case? CrimePsychBlog might have the answer.

How do you make a blonde laugh on Friday?
Blonds are dumb, foreigners lazy, women can’t do math. We continuously encounter such statements in our every-day lives – even if most people obviously wouldn’t take them seriously. A really good commentary on stereotypes and discrimination over at In-Mind. Oh, and the answer is: tell her a joke on Monday!

Women, rewards and the menstrual-cycle
A recently published study has found that females show greater brain activation to uncertain rewards during the most fertile stage of the menstrual cycle, perhaps explaining why women dress more attractively and have altered sexual preferences during this time. MindHacks has the full story and links to the full research.

What’s going on inside?
It seems over the last few weeks there’s been a great interest in brain scanning. Many posts outlining the differences between the types of scanning or the abilities of new methods. PET Scans and fMRI Compared, A basic introduction to fMRI and MRI, and New brain scan combines best of both.

Put it in your mouth and suck!
All those times you’ve been reading Freud and felt a bit peckish? Well now you can suck on Freud as you’re reading Freud.

Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature
Why most suicide bombers are Muslim, beautiful people have more daughters, humans are naturally polygamous, sexual harassment isn’t sexist, and blonds are more attractive – read the full article over at Psychology Today and see if you agree.

And finally, really off topic I know but a wonderful concept that I am going to be subscribing to. No longer will I be writing essay-esq responses to any emails that I receive – just 5 sentences.

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