Our weekly roundup of the best psychology coverage from elsewhere on the web
The Olympics begin in Tokyo later this month – but things will be very different from normal. How will the rules and restrictions surrounding the games affect the athletes’ wellbeing? Jo Batey looks at each other The conversation.
Undark has a fascinating podcast this week on how psychologists are trying to understand extremists’ thoughts.
As pandemic restrictions continue to ease, you will likely have more face-to-face conversations than in the past year and a half. But it’s only natural that things should be a little awkward at first, says Tara Well to Alex Abad-Santos Vox.
We are still at the beginning of understanding “long covid,” the persistent symptoms some people have after a coronavirus infection, which can include psychological problems such as anxiety and depression. Careful research is needed to help people with long-term Covid, writes Stuart Ritchie at Cancel, who warns that these patients run the risk of being “toys in our debates on pandemic policy”.
There’s a cool video below The edge about the neuroscientist Simón (e) Sun, who studies homeostatic plasticity – and make music out of the recordings she takes of neurons.
Researchers have developed an algorithm that can predict what kind of art people will like. The program analyzed how the “low-level” features of art such as colors and edges relate to people’s judgments about the work of art. It could then determine with great accuracy whether they would like a new painting, reports Sarah Wells at Inverse.
Finally, all of your questions about language learning will be answered in this post by linguist Natalie Braber BBC Science Focus.
Compiled by Matthew Warren (@MattBWarren), Editor of BPS Biomedarticles