Posted by: Anne E. Stuart | October 21, 2011

Friday Five

In an attempt to get myself blogging more often, I am going to start with a weekly post of five psychology-related stories that I found of interest in the past week. Most of these items came through the various Twitter feeds I follow. (Speaking of Twitter, follow me:  ae_stuart.)

Medical News Today – October 17, 2011

Science has long known that auditory memory and attention are essential parts of musical ability. However, researchers from the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University found that musical ability is related to verbal memory and literacy in childhood. The research is published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Behavior and Brain Functions.

PsyPost – October 17, 2011

Researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have discovered that watching another person being caressed leads to the same neural activity as being caressed oneself. The study has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Scientific American: Guest Blog (Maria Konnikova) – October 18, 2011

Konnikova writes about how people are poor at looking at the world from another’s point of view. She argues that sometimes a simple change of location, particularly if that location is the same as another’s, will help us to see things from the other person’s perspective.

msnbc.com (Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer) – October 19, 2011

In a new review of the psychological literature, University of Michigan psychologist Terri Conley and colleagues have revealed that commonly held beliefs about gender differences are not as clear cut as they seem. The research has been published in the latest issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science.

PsyPost – October 20, 2011

A study conducted by the Research Unit Media Convergence of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with MVB Marketing- und Verlagsservice de Buchhandels GmbH examined differences in reading across e-book (Kindle 3), tablet PC (iPad), and paper in both young and elderly adults. Despite participants’ preference for printed books, the results of the study demonstrated that printed books did not improve how fast or how well information is processed.

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