Jason Goldman selects several notable posts each week from Psychology and Neuroscience. He blogs at The Thoughtful Animal.
- This week’s picks begin with your bad hair day. Or, more specifically, Why You’re the Only One Who Knows You’re Having a Bad Hair Day, by Amie Gordon at Psych Your Mind.
- Where else can you find the muppets, country music, and factor analysis in the same post? “Anything But Country”: What Factor Analysis Reveals About Our Tastes for Tunes. is by Melanie Tannenbaum of PsySociety.
- “Experiments at NIDA’s Addiction Research Center in Baltimore have confirmed that nicotine withdrawal not only makes people irritable, but also impairs intellectual performance. Logical reasoning and rapid decision-making both suffer during nicotine withdrawal,” writes Dirk Hanson at Addiction Inbox. “But there is another, less widely discussed aspect of nicotine withdrawal: profound sadness. Profound enough, in many cases, to be diagnosed as clinical unipolar depression.” The chemistry of sorrow during nicotine withdrawal.
That’s it for this week… Check back next week for more great psychology and neuroscience blogging!