Edition 4

Christian Jarrett investigates the psychology of humour and comedy

nuggets from the Society’s free Research Digest service, this month on the psychology of humour

towards an activity map of the brain; new open access psychology journal; the divided brain; anorexia; the cognitive and social benefits of video games

can we be lobbyists for social change?; retirement; intelligence; abortion; unpaid posts; #overlyhonestmethods; humour and health; and more

Download PDF for image from Science Photo Library, with commentary from Francis McGlone. E-mail ‘Big picture’ ideas to jon.sutton@bps.org.uk.

Neuroscientist, comedian and Guardian blogger

Larry Stern on an ‘extraordinary and subversive’ journal

Rob Bailey with the latest in our series for budding writers (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices for more information)

how to think like Sherlock Holmes; Desert Island Discs with Uta Frith; big questions from little people; Derek; Barbican Weekender; and much more

Ian Florance talks to Stephanie Davies, Creative Director and ‘cognitive laughter and humour consultant’ for Laughology; and Elizabeth Sullivan writes on gallows humour.