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PSYlent: 28th October 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!

Another busy few weeks writing UCAS references, launching PsychExchange (shameless plug) and other stuff, so I have quite a collection of ‘random’ and not-so-random studies for your consumption this less-than-PSYlent week…

Students: the ‘human fruit-fly’?
Students play a crucial role in research: some authors have even called them human ‘fruit flies’: they are available in abundance, accessible and highly convenient to use. Read the BPS’s discussion on the issues surrounding using students as participants. (Hat tip to contemporary mottled sheep for the heads up).

You ba*$@rd!
Swearing at work is healthy! That’s according to a new study. Swearing – sensibly, mind you – helps to build camaraderie, serves as a tension reliever(although there are other, less extreme ways to deal with workplace stress), and makes the workplace more comfortable. Or some shit like that so HealthBolt says.

Eldest, youngest or somewhere in between?
Birth order effects seem to be one of those things that can be reliably found when examining large groups but, because of the large amount of individual variation, strong effects are not reliably present on the level of single families. Mind Hacks talks abou recent research and it’s findings.

On the clock …
‘Time is money’ goes the adage. But do you think of time as having a monetary value? According to Sanford DeVoe and Jeffrey Pfeffer at Stanford University in America, your answer could well depend on whether you are paid by the hour. Head over to BPSRD to see what this is all about.

Pavolv’s Cockroaches?
Cockroaches don’t naturally care much for peppermint and vanilla, but with a little tutelage, the bugs will drool over them. Just like Ivan Pavlov’s dogs, who learned to associate a ringing bell with dinner, these roaches learned that the smell of peppermint and vanilla meant a sugar treat was on the way. Discover has the lowdown.

And finally …

Expolding head syndrome
Luckily, your head doesn’t literally blow up when you have exploding head syndrome. You’ll have to go over to Suite 101 to find out what does happen though!

And don’t forget to keep checking the links on the side for all the psychology links that I stumble across as I’m working wasting time on the internet.

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