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PSYlent: 29th 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!

The next installment of PSYlent – and the last one for three weeks as I’ll be basking in the Italian sun as I potter around the country. So, here’s plenty to keep you going (and don’t forget that there’s all those other blogs to have a look at too – but do come back here for the best roundup ;) )

Bored with reading?
Well if that’s the case then why not try out loads of optical illusions? Jeremy has a good collection of them over at PsyBlog.

What’s in the new book?
DSM-IV is getting on a bit now and the new version of the book has been penciled in for 2010. Recently they have announced those people who will be working on the text.

The artistic savant?
I remember seeing a BBC documentary about an autistic boy who had an amazing artistic ability. After seeing even the most complex landscape (London skyline) could draw it from memory. Thanks to Neurophilosophy post I’ve tracked him (Stephen Wiltshire) and his website of pictures. They’re mind blowing.

Label your emotions to reduce their impact
A brain scanning study has found that naming emotions reduces the intensity of emotion processing in the brain, possibly outlining a brain network responsible for the old saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. MindHacks has the lowdown.

Why men are much greater consumers of pornography than women?
According to a new study men take the same pleasure out of looking at an attractive female form as they do from having a curry or making money whereas women do not take any significant reward from looking at pictures of men. Men: when you’ve finished looking at those ‘less desirable sites’ you can pop over to The Neurocritic to find out more.

And finally …

The happiest place in the world is …
The search for happiness is not a new quest – and it seems that it could be as easy as moving to another country.  The happiest country in the world is Denmark, with the UK coming a depressing 41st. For the full happy picture see Laura’s blog.

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