Our weekly round-up of the best psychological coverage from elsewhere on the internet
It is not possible to reliably predict the emotions someone will experience based on just their facial expressions. Yet tech companies are trying to do just that. At the The AtlanticKate Crawford examines some of these attempts – and the controversial research on which they are based.
At the science, Kelly Servick takes a look Try to understand and treat the “brain fog” of some COVID-19 survivors.
Short sessions of unconscious bias training are unlikely to result in long-term changes in the workplace. But many researchers believe we were too quick to simply turn down these courses, David Robson writes The Observer: Instead, we should understand what they are doing wrong and what they are doing right, and use that knowledge to develop better solutions to combat bias.
Is Free Will an Illusion? Is that even important? Oliver Burkeman examines what philosophy, psychology and neuroscience have to say in one long reading The guard.
Researchers have developed a method to predict whether a psychedelic compound will cause hallucinations, reports Ariana Remmel at nature. The technique involves using a fluorescent sensor to determine exactly how the molecule binds to a particular serotonin receptor in the brain. The method could be useful in finding non-hallucinogenic psychedelics for treating mental disorders.
How has the pandemic affected people with obsessive-compulsive disorder? Although early on, some researchers feared that public health interventions like hand washing could worsen certain symptoms, the data suggests it doesn’t, Carey Wilson and Thibault Renoid underwrite The conversation. However, the pandemic may cause some people with obsessive-compulsive disorder to experience increased general feelings of anxiety and stress, much like people with other mental illnesses.
Finally, the Association of British Science holds one Online event with the psychologist Lisa DeBruine at 4th Can. DeBruine will speak about the replication crisis and the work of the Psychological Science Accelerator. For an introduction, see Brian Resnick’s recent article at Voxand Jon Brock’s story in The psychologist from last year.
Compiled by Matthew Warren (@ MattBWarren), Editor of BPS Biomedarticles