On the Face of It: The Psychology of Electability

Editor’s note: Psychologist Alexander Todorov researches the way we perceive others and the information that actually helps us make decisions about others. His work has important implications for recruiting and promoting others.

Take The Apple Logo Test: Explains Why Everyday Memory Is So Poor

Editor’s note: A simple test show how we like to get the gist of something – the information we need to make sense of something – rather than all the information we need.

The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational

Cognitive biases – or limitations in our thinking, or ways of processing information – are at play all the time. This list looks at the ones that affect our rational selves.

Internet Psychologists Study How the Web Affects Us (and Make You Click ‘Buy’) | Motherboard

Editor’s note: This article takes a look at internet psychology and the work of psychologists in trying to understand how the web is changing how we operate at a psychological level.

Video of the week: Optimising the performance of the human mind

#dr steve peters has just given the keynote at Learning Live 2014. In this video Peters talks through how we can get our minds operating more effectively.  

Employees are more productive when they can tweet

Editor’s note: It’s a small survey but an interesting take on social media usage at work. This research shows that employees are happier and more productive if they spend breaks talking to others via social media (as opposed to consuming content such as videos).

Superstars of psychology: 10 best short talks (videos)

Editor’s note: 10 talks on psychology that are well worth watching.

To stop procrastinating, look to science of mood repair

Editor’s note: A look at the role of mood in procrastination and how changing one’s mood can enable people to tackle things more easily.

The best psychology books of 2013

Editor’s note: The British Psychology Society recommends the best psychology books of the year.

Extreme dogmatism

Editor’s note: A look at political ideology as a cognitive bias and how that links to ideology and dogma.

Psychologist Angela Duckworth on why grit, not IQ, predicts success

Editor’s note: One for the students of learner engagement – where are your learners on the grit scale? Is this as an important factor in adult learners as it appears to be in students?

Winning hearts with weak arguments

Editor’s note: Recent research suggests that in some cases, providing weak arguments in favor of a candidate or cause leads supporters to engage in greater advocacy than providing strong ones.

Abraham Maslow and the pyramid that beguiled business

Editor’s note: A look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs 70 years after the psychologist came up with it.

The procrastination-killing tactic to try now (or in 10 minutes)

Editor’s note: We all do it, surely? A look at the psychology of procrastination and how to turn it to your advantage.

Social media activity linked to narcissism

Editor’s note: Not surprising? The amount of social media activity a person takes part in is linked to their level of narcissism, new research has suggested.