Interesting piece over on the BPS' Research Digest this week. It's perhaps not surprising that it was posted on the site of a psychological society but this doesn't compromise the points being made.
I've written before on how I believe there's a need for greater awareness when it comes to neuroscience here "Neuroscience needs our discernment & integrity" and here "4 things you need to know about Neuroscience".
I think this piece in the BPS shows another facet to the apparently increasing demand for neuroscience and the way people seem to be flocking to it.
That may all be beneficial and progressive. My biggest concern is what may be missed in the scrum.
These new results add to past findings showing people's bias for neuroscience and other "hard" sciences and against psychology. For example, medical students think their psychology lectures are "soft and fluffy"; students think psychology is less important than the other natural sciences; children rate psychological questions as easier than chemistry or biology questions; and expert testimony supporting an insanity defence is seen as less convincing when delivered by a psychologist than a psychiatrist. Another line of research suggests people are particularly influenced by images of brain scans, although recent attempts have failed to replicate this finding. The researchers called for their work to be extended into other contexts, and for the allure of neuroscience to be probed more deeply.