Scott Henson over at criminal justice blog Grits for Breakfast generously nominated the Deception Blog for a ‘Thinking Blogger’ award on 29 July, which left me smiling to myself for the rest of the morning. Thanks Scott!
The Thinking Blogger meme was initiated by ilker yoldas, who set the following rules:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
It’s taken me a while to respond because nominating just 5 blogs is really tough – I monitor dozens of RSS feeds and learn from almost all of them. There are fifteen in my ‘must read’ FeedDemon folder alone. But here are five that I’ve been reading for a while, that often make me smile, and consistently post pieces that make me think:
1. Abyss2Hope: Marcella Chester writes about attitudes to rape and prevention of sexual assault. Her “goal has been to help other survivors realize they aren’t alone in their experience, to speak up for those who are too traumatized to speak up for themselves and to advocate for change so there will be fewer new victims in the future and less backlash against the remaining victims”. These are issues I feel strongly about too, and Marcella does great work in reminding us how important prevention of sexual assault is.
2. Deliberations: Anne Reed does a terrific job of taking good legal psychology research, putting it in words that non-psychologists can understand and making practical suggestions about how to apply this research in the court room.
3. The Situationist: Always interesting (apart from the posts on sport, yawn – yeah, I know that’s just me), with some top rate contributors.
4. PsyBlog: Jeremy Dean has made it his mission to provide “an insider’s view of psychology without the journalistic sensationalism. Posts are based on articles in reputable academic journals, but without the academic terminology”. Glorious stuff.
5. Providentia: I love Romeo Vitelli’s take on the quirky history of psychology, strange present-day goings-on and recently published research.
Although these have all at one time or another posted about deception-related issues, they aren’t deception blogs. There are a couple of other deception-related blogs around, but the Anti-Polygraph Blog (a great source of recent stories about the polygraph and other ‘lie detection’ methods) and Eyes for Lies seem to be the only ones that are still updated regularly. But I hope that those of you who come here for deception research news will nevertheless find the blogs I’ve nominated an interesting source of thought-provoking material.