Our weekly roundup of the best psychology coverage from elsewhere on the web
Menopause affects the brain, not just the ovaries – and further research is needed to understand these neurological effects. This work could help doctors improve management of menopausal symptoms and even contribute to our understanding of diseases like Alzheimer’s, explains Kim Tingley at The New York Times.
How have bans and social distancing affected our memories? Julia Shaw looks at each other BBC Science Focus.
A recent study found that people who are good at bullshitting tend to be smarter. at The Observer, Ian Tucker interviews researcher Martin Turpin about the fascinating results (and see also our current story on whether you can bullshit …)
It’s great that we’re increasingly realizing the problem of burnout in the workplace – but we actually need to make systematic changes that address the problem across the workforceargues Victoria Turk at Wired. As we figure out what the future of work will be after Covid, we must grapple with the inequalities and organizational failures that are causing people to burn out.
How is the development of motor skills related to the development of language? New scientist has a short video on the job comparing the motor skills of chimpanzees and children. The researchers hope that a better understanding of typical motor development and its connection with language skills will ultimately lead to an early detection of language difficulties.
Humans aren’t the only creatures playing with each other – many animals learn new skills through play. at Scientific American, Caitlin O’Connell shares her experience playing elephants and how important it is to their development.
Can dogs understand when someone is lying or deceiving? That is the aim of a new study by Christa Lesté-Lasserre New scientist.
While we usually look for positive experiences, when we donate to charity we are willing to expose ourselves to pain and discomfort (think of the ubiquitous charity marathon). – and we will even pay for the privilege of doing so. Actions that require more effort and effort also attract more donations, researchers have found, and it all boils down to something called the so-called “Martyrdom effect, ”explain Gary Mortimer and colleagues at The conversation.
Compiled by Matthew Warren (@MattBWarren), Editor of BPS Biomedarticles