Link Feast. Our editor's pick the 10 best psychology and neuroscience links from the last week or so: How To Talk So That People Listen At the recent Latitude Festival Psychologist magazine editor Jon Sutton was in conversation with Elizabeth Stokoe, Professor of Social Interaction at Loughborough University – follow the link for a transcript of the event (a recording will be available soon).
The Brain That Couldn't Remember The untold story of the fight over the legacy of “H.M.” — the patient who revolutionized the science of memory. Why We Should Pity Attention-seeking Narcissists There are some surprising and unpleasant downsides to thinking you are the centre of the universe. When Will Neuroscience Blow Our Minds? The discipline has promised big advances in many areas, but is it failing to live up to the hype? The Stroop Test: How Colourful Is Your Language? A Manifesto Against Parenting Caring for children shouldn’t be like carpentry, with a finished product in mind. Am I Just Paranoid? The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Funerary slab with a soldier, Hellenistic, second half of 3rd century B.C. Greek; from the Soldiers' Tomb, Ibrahimieh necropolis, Alexandria, excavated 1884 Painted inscription: "[B]itos, son of Lostoiex, a Galatian" Limestone, paint; H. 15 in. (38.1 cm) Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904 (04.17.5) As the economic resources of Greek city-states and individuals increased during the seventh century B.C., armies of foot soldiers were formed within the wealthier city-states.
Known as hoplites, these soldiers were characteristically equipped with about seventy pounds of armor, most of which was made of bronze. The typical panoply included an eight- to ten-foot thrusting spear with an iron tip and butt, and bronze armor consisting of a helmet, cuirass (chest armor), greaves (shin guards), and a large shield about thirty inches in diameter. Monica Lewinsky: ‘The shame sticks to you like tar’ One night in London in 2005, a woman said a surprisingly eerie thing to Monica Lewinsky.
Lewinsky had moved from New York a few days earlier to take a master’s in social psychology at the London School of Economics. On her first weekend, she went drinking with a woman she thought might become a friend. “But she suddenly said she knew really high-powered people,” Lewinsky says, “and I shouldn’t have come to London because I wasn’t wanted there.” Lewinsky is telling me this story at a table in a quiet corner of a West Hollywood hotel. We had to pay extra for the table to be curtained off. She’s tired and dressed in black. “Why did that woman in London say that to you?” “Oh, she’d had too much to drink,” Lewinsky replies. Vauxhall Gardens. 1.
Introduction fig. 2 The Temple of Comus Piazza with visiting families Vauxhall Gardens was re-launched in 1732 as the first and most significant of the true Pleasure Gardens of Georgian London. Commercial pleasure gardens, an English invention, were privately-run sites of entertainment; they were often situated on the outskirts of large towns or cities, and paying visitors were entertained in the summer months with music and company; refreshments were available at a price. Pleasure gardens, as their name implies, were mainly outdoor spaces, though sometimes with an assembly room or concert hall, and they were normally open in the evening, after the working day; anybody who could afford the admission price and who was at least respectably dressed would be admitted (figs. 2 & 3). fig.3 The Grand South Walk, with visitors promenading and having supper The gardens did not finally close until July 1859, after almost two centuries as a hugely successful business. 2. 3. 4.
The Gardens — The friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The Gardens — The friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Fashionable Caps for 19th Century Matrons both Young and Old. Louise de Guéhéneuc, duchesse de Montebello by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, early 19th century.
The 19th century cap was a modest necessity. 18th and 19th Century: Sharpers, Shopkeepers, and the Georgian Era. Francis Grose defined a sharper in his eighteenth century dictionary as, "A cheat, one that lives by his wits.
" In fact, a sharper was a common term applied in the eighteenth century to describe a thief who used trickery to obtain possessions from their rightful owner. Many ordinary Georgians saw sharpers as romantic figures and lauded them for their free-wheeling lifestyles. Shopkeepers, however, did not view sharpers in such a positive light. Shopkeepers were often the targets of the sharpers' attacks, and, to ensure eighteenth century shopkeeper's were aware of the tactics and ruses a sharper used, one magazine published a list of cautions hoping to prevent shopkeepers from being tricked or robbed. Here is that list in its entirety (and almost verbatim):
19th Century Marriage Manuals: Advice for Young Wives. 18th and 19th Century: Chasing Monsters: The First Official Detectives. Please welcome my guest Angela Buckley.
Her fascination with Victorian crime began with her own family – while researching her family tree, she came across thieves, poachers, brawlers and even a brothel-keeper.