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When I left academia for this job, I was plunged into a world of fonts, leading, kerning and the like. Most people know that such design elements can affect how fluently we process new material. But did you know that this can, in turn, inform judgements we make on truth, risk and beauty? In this issue, Hyunjin Song and Norbert Schwarz guide us effortlessly through some weird and wonderful research.
Talking of which, this month sees the first spread of material from the Society's Research Digest. Last year,the Research Digest blog reached the top 10 science blogs in the world, yet many of our readers are still not signed up to the regular, free e-mail. We hope that regularly showcasing some of the best material from the Digest will draw more of you to the blog, and free up a bit of our journalist's time to produce more excellent features.
Dr Jon Sutton (Managing Editor)
If it's easy to read, it's easy to do, pretty, good, and true
Hyunjin Song and Norbert Schwarz on fluency effects and judgement, choice and processing style
Flashmobs; Down's syndrome; cannabis gateway effects; HPC registration; role of educational psychologists; and more
Crowd psychology; mental health policy; 'Rain Man'; water use event report; Royal Society at 350; and more
In the first of a new series of nuggets from the Society's Research Digest, we cover temptation, doodling, career transitions and destination memory
Harriet Gross on getting the psychological message across
Mirrors and the mind
Marco Bertamini has some surprising reflections
The need for a physical education
Matthew Y.W. Kwan and Guy Faulkner on the decline in physical activity in the transition to young adulthood, and the methodological challenges
Interview: Scams, squirrels and drug money
Stephen Lea talks to Lance Workman about his work with humans and other animals
When correlations go bad: Thomas Baguley cautions against the careless and routine application of standardisation in psychology
Book reviews Doctoring the mind; human potential; applied sport psychology; research methods in applied settings; memory rehabilitation
President's column; lifetime achievement award; and more
An interview with Richard Bentall; work experience; featured job; and more
The historical story is key to being a good scientist, argues Roger Smith
One on one
...with Jennie Lindon