This week’s interesting links…

Are people in liberal countries happier? (Image c/o Kenny Louie on Flickr.)

Liberal countries have more satisfied citizens while conservatives are happier individuals, study finds. Study suggests that liberal policies make people happy, whilst personal beliefs make conservatives happier.  Researchers analysed surveys collected from 1,134,384 people between 1970 and 2002 from a number of European countries, including the United Kingdom, France and Germany. The data set is one of a series of public opinion surveys conducted on behalf of the European Commission. You can read the full paper via a link on the article’s webpage. (American Psychological Society)

The internet probably isn’t ruining your teenager’s brain. Christian Jarrett looks into claims that the internet has an effect on brain development and concludes that it seems unlikely! (The full paper referenced in the article is available here.) (Wired)

Making parity a reality: RCPsych launch manifesto to improve the nation’s mental health. The president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists calls on a firm commitment from all political parties to ensure that those who do, and will experience mental health problems are given the appropriate care. The College has also launched a manifesto which can be read in full as well as commentary. (The Mental Elf)

Insecure email is here to stay: let’s fix it.  John Ackerly, co-founder and CEO of the digital privacy company Virtru, argues that email needs upgrading, making encrypted email communications the norm to ensure that security and privacy take priority. (Wired)

Librarian of the year: how I brought books to life with my Gruffalo tea party. Tracey Needham, the School Library Association’s Librarian of the Year for 2014, talks to The Guardian about how she has engaged with pupils at her school and driven up library usage. (The Guardian)



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