PSYlent: 27th May 2007


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!

The things that I’ve been reading (instead of marking) this week have been …

Psychological bullying hits just as hard
School bullying doesn’t have to leave physical bumps and bruises to contribute to a hostile and potentially dangerous school environment. CogNews has more.

Teaching toughness in the UK
The BBC is reporting that a new projecting is allowing teachers from the UK to go to the US and learn about teaching resilience and toughness.

The consequence of stereotype threat
A popular stereotype that boys are better at mathematics than girls undermines girls’ math performance because it causes worrying that erodes the mental resources needed for problem solving. Over at The Situationist: Your Group Is Bad at Math: Quick, What’s 748,659 – 7,298? — by the way the answer is 741,361.

Education Reduces Cross-Cultural Misunderstanding of Nonverbal Behaviour
When nonverbal behaviour varies across cultures, it’s easy to misunderstand someone from a different culture to your own. Jeremy D over at PsyBlog has more commentary on this.

Video games for good rather than evil!
I have spoken lots about the effects of video games on violence, however, for once it seems that they may be of some constructive use: nevermind drugs or surgery; use a video game to re-wire your brain. UCSF neuroscientist Michael Merzenich says using his computer-based training program can fight off aging and schizophrenia.

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