I had a good response to my last blog about identifying useful neuroscience vs neuromyths and thank you if you took the time to comment or contact me about it.
One of the questions was are where reliable sources of information to be found. Here are some highlights places I like to go (this is not exhaustive but just some of my preferences). I’ll continue to retweet interesting blogs, articles, videos that I come across and please comment and share your favourite places too.
One of my favourite web sites is the Research Digest from the British Psychological Association – it’s a great round up and discussion of the latest research but with the statistics and technical blurb stripped out and he almost always points out where additional research may be required or where a piece of research may be flawed.
New Scientist has long been recognised as a good source of science writing and they regularly feature psychology and neuroscience stories. It’s worth signing up for their free updates so stories come into you. Likewise with Nature where you can select specific topics to receive updates.
All in the Mind on Radio 4 is a great listen for all sorts of research exploring the limits and potential of the human mind and you can also follow the presenter @ClaudiaHammond on twitter.
For an interesting ranty kind of antidote to any brain myths you hear check out the http://neurobollocks.wordpress.com/ blog. He can make you feel quite uncomfortable.
Another great starting point is a book and a website called Bad Science by Ben Goldacre – he’s a medical doctor who crusades against ‘bad science’, pseudoscience and people ‘cherry picking’ their science to prove what they want it to prove. He can be quite abrasive in writing though I heard him speak once to a potentially hostile audience and he was charm itself.
People I like on twitter because they share their research and point you in the direction of others are:
@deevybee – a developmental neuroscientist at Oxford University and @sophiescott who researches laughter at UCL.
Of course there is also lots of research available that you can read directly for yourself but most of it is written by academics, for academics and some of it is impenetrable. For me that throws up a whole set of questions about how on earth psychologists don’t practise what their own research tells them, in terms of engaging, making contact and communicating clearly but that’s a whole other blog with lots of ranting from me.
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