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Psilocybin (from magic mushrooms) plus meditation and spiritual training leads to lasting changes in positive traits

Further investigation of the effects of psilocybin may lead to new interventions to create positive changes in healthy people. By Emma Young

“Not as bad as you think”: women who’ve gone through the menopause have a more positive take than those who haven’t

There's a risk that overly negative commentary about the menopause perpetuates beliefs and stereotypes that may foster unjustified dread. By Christian Jarrett

Most children and teens with gender dysphoria also have multiple other psychological issues

The majority of children and teens with gender dysphoria had other psychological problems, raising questions about the rush to facilitate gender transitioning. By Alex Fradera

When tears turn into pearls: Post-traumatic growth following childhood and adolescent cancer

The discovery that following some traumatic situations, tears can turn into pearls is one of the more significant and promising discoveries of psychology. By Tomasz Witkowski

Researchers say this 5-minute technique could help you fall asleep more quickly

More research is needed to test the technique against a no-intervention baseline and with participants who have insomnia. By Christian Jarrett

New findings pose more problems for the embattled concept of the microaggression

It seems that anyone who thinks their in-group has been slighted by an out-group member may feel as if they’ve been “microaggressed”. By Alex Fradera

New test of children’s Environmental Sensitivity identifies three groups: orchids, dandelions and tulips

Early research suggests that Environmental Sensitivity is a meaningful concept distinct from other common traits. By Christian Jarrett

Researchers have tested ways to reduce the collective blaming of Muslims for extremism

Only one intervention was successful in reducing the collective blaming of Muslims and it was based on highlighting hypocrisy. By Emma Young

New insights into lifetime personality change from “meta-study” featuring 50,000 participants

The findings debunk William James' assertion that personality is set like plaster after age 30. By Christian Jarrett

Facts aren’t everything – understanding parents’ moral reasons for avoiding vaccination

Moral values guide our decisions in other areas, such as climate change. It makes sense they might influence attitudes towards vaccination. By Emma Young

What’s your stress mindset?

People with a positive stress mindset take pro-active steps to deal with stressful workdays, and their performance benefits as a result. By Christian Jarrett

8 studies and 2 podcasts to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

Already struggling to keep New Year resolutions? Here’s the first detailed study of daily temptation and resistance PsychCrunch Episode Two: Breaking…

Brain differences in avid players of violent video games suggest they are “callous, cool and in control”

Researchers recorded the brainwaves of game players while they performed a laboratory test of cognitive control and emotional processing. By Helge Hasselmann

Here’s what the evidence shows about the links between creativity and depression

Where the results are most unambiguous is in the higher incidence of mood disorder in creative people. By Alex Fradera

Booze aids foreign language skills, plus our 9 other most popular posts of 2017

In 2017, the BPS Research Digest welcomed 2,228,968 visitors, who together helped us reach over 3 million page views. Our…

10 Of The Most Famous Animals In Psychology

From Clever Hans to Harlow's Monkeys, this Digest feature post is a celebration of the contribution that animals have made to psychology. By Christian Jarrett

Having a vivid imagination seems to make things worse for people with OCD

If imagination is shown by future work to be an important factor in OCD, then in theory, this might open up new approaches to treatment. By Emma Young

Researchers uncover a brain process that may help explain the curse of uncontrollable thoughts

The study represents a breakthrough in bridging neurophysiology and psychology. By Alex Fradera

Our growing tendency to “chunk” our experiences could explain why life speeds up

Using mindfulness to appreciate the uniqueness of moments could make it less likely that they’ll be swallowed up into a "chunk". By Emma Young

Positive parenting gets “under the skin”, showing up years later in the cortisol response

Positive parenting seems to have psychological benefits that last from adolescence into adulthood. By Alex Fradera

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