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This is the optimum way to compile a multiple-choice test, according to psychology research

By guest blogger Bradley Busch Let’s start with a quick multiple-choice test about multiple-choice tests: when designing them, should you a) avoid using complex questions, b) have lots of potential answers for each question, c)

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The public “deserve to know” that there is an overlooked subset of people who thrive after major depression

By Emma Young Depression is a chronic, recurrent, lifelong condition. Well, that’s the current orthodox view – but it is overstated, argues a team of psychologists led by Jonathan Rottenberg at the University of South

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Deliberately scaring ourselves can calm the brain, leading to a “recalibration” of our emotions

By Christian Jarrett Among the many paradoxes of human nature is this: while many of us spend great time and energy trying to avoid negative emotions, like fear and disgust, there are others who, in

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Merely desiring to alter your personality is not enough, and may backfire unless you take concrete action to change

By Christian Jarrett Debate about how much a person’s character can and can’t change have occupied psychologists for decades, but a growing consensus is beginning to emerge. While our traits are relatively stable, they are

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Your native language affects what you can and can’t see

By Emma Young The idea that the language that you speak influences how you think about and experience the world (the so-called Sapir-Whorf hypothesis) has a long and storied history. A lot of research into

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Why the polls keep getting it so wrong; and a solution – ask people who their friends and family are voting for

By guest blogger Juliet Hodges In 2016, the unexpected outcome of two votes shook the world: the UK voting to leave the European Union, and the US electing President Donald Trump. Even the pollsters got

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We’re seeking a writer to join our team!

The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, which keeps hundreds of thousands of people abreast of the latest exciting findings in psychology, is seeking an additional writer: Psychology Blogger Fixed Term Contract: 12 Months (initially) Part

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This is how psychotherapy for depression changes the brain

Participants with major depression showed increased activity in left rostral anterior cingulate cortex following psychological therapy – see main text for details. Image via Sankar et al, 2018 By Alex Fradera In recent years, researchers have sought to

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Episode 14: Psychological Tricks To Make Your Cooking Taste Better

This is Episode 14 of PsychCrunch, the podcast from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, sponsored by Routledge Psychology. Download here. http://traffic.libsyn.com/psychcrunch/20181101_PsychCrunchEp14_Mx3.mp3Can psychology help your cooking taste better? Our presenter Ginny Smith hears about the importance of food

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