2005-03-04 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:

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Judges are likely to rate people who perform last in a competition more highly, regardless of their ability.

Boston authorities are investigating an ex-stripper to see if she has been pretending to be a psychologist.

An excellent article on the burgeoning field of ‘neurotheology‘ – V.S. Ramachandran’s experiments on religion and temporal lobe epilepsy suggests they people with the condition may react more strongly to religious concepts.

Members of Mensa are to be DNA tested to study the link between high intelligence and dementia.

Article on Harvard psychologists’ studies of people who claim to have been abducted by aliens.

2 Comments

  1. Posted March 8, 2005 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    The Guardian: Tests of Faith

    There’s a great article in the Guardian on faith and religious experiences. One factor in the development of religious belief was the rapid expansion of our brains as we emerged as a species, says Todd Murphy, a behavioural neuroscientist at…

  2. Posted March 8, 2005 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    The Guardian: Tests of Faith

    There’s a great article in the Guardian on faith and religious experiences. One factor in the development of religious belief was the rapid expansion of our brains as we emerged as a species, says Todd Murphy, a behavioural neuroscientist at…


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