Our weekly round-up of the best psychological coverage from elsewhere on the internet
A recent study found that around two-thirds of conversations don’t end when we choose to. Researchers who monitored over 900 conversations found that most people wanted them to end sooner, although a minority wanted them to last longer. This was true whether the participants were speaking to someone they had just met or a loved one, Adam Mastroianni tells Sean Illing at Vox.
How does lockdown affect the way people grieve? Dean Burnett delves into science and his personal experience New scientist.
More on dolphin psychology this week: Dolphins seem to remember the “names” of those who worked with them previously. reports Virginia Morell science. Much like human names, dolphins have signature whistles given to them by their mothers. The researchers played recordings of signature whistles for bottlenose dolphins and found that the marine mammals almost always turned to the whistle of a dolphin with which they had an established alliance.
We have written a lot lately about studies on the use of psychedelics to treat depression. But what is the mechanism behind the supposed antidepressant effects of these drugs? Tom Chivers takes a look Unheard.
Researchers are testing whether a video game used to treat children with ADHD can help people struggling with memory and attention problems after recovering from COVID-19. The game improves people’s ability to do more than one thing at a time, says Faith Gunning Nicole Wetsman The edgewhich could prove helpful for COVID-19 survivors.
While we often hear about the potential risks of certain online communities, they also provide an important source of support. At the The conversationResearcher Benjamin Kaveladze discusses his work, highlighting the sense of support, belonging and validation that mental health forums can provide to young people.
Also at The conversation: There have been many videos of dogs supposedly “talking” to their owners by pressing certain buttons on a board – but are these animals really communicating? Mélissa Berthet and Léo Migotti outline the reasons for being skeptical.
Compiled by Matthew Warren (@ MattBWarren), Editor of BPS Biomedarticles