2005-07-15 Spike activity

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

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The Guardian has an article on the ethics and technology of ‘smart drugs‘.

National Geographic on findings that dopamine boosting drugs for Parkinson’s disease can lead to compulsive gambling, sex and drinking.

Why are auditory hallucinations (‘hearing voices’) usually male ? Sheffield researchers think they have the answer.

Thinking about an allergen free environment can reduce allergy symptoms by a third, report researchers studying self-hypnosis.

During ovulation, women prefer the scent of ‘alpha males‘ compared to other times in the menstrual cycle.

Smithsonian hosts exhibition inspired by synaesthesia (via BoingBoing).

People with the genetic condition William’s syndrome often seem fearless and ‘overfriendly’. Researchers suggest differences in amygdala function may explain it.

Forwarding entertaining emails is a form of informal gift economy.

British government ignores psychiatrists, service users to develop new mental health laws.

Petra Boyton’s guide on how to take part in sex research.

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