Monthly Archives: July 2005

The Secret Life of the Brain on PBS

American TV channel PBS have a lush website to accompany their series ‘The Secret Life of the Brain‘, with many of the video segments online. They have an episode by episode guide, that examines the development of the brain from birth, through the process of growing up, and into adult years and old age. Plenty […]

Afternoon play on Richard Dadd

BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Play from last Tuesday was on artist Richard Dadd, who spent most of his life in the wing for the criminally insane in Bethlem Hospital. It is 1854. In the Criminal Wing of Bethlem Hospital for the Insane, painter Richard Dadd and poet Emily Clayton are caught in the middle, as […]

Wired feature article on sexual neuroscience

Wired has a feature article online about research into the neuropsychology of female orgasm and the approach of current lab based studies. This sort of research is important, because so little is known about the neural basis of sexual function. In particular, the article describes some intriguing findings, that not all nerves involved in genital […]

Cafe Bar Scientifique in Cardiff, 9 July

Myself and Alex will be helping out at a Cafe Scientifique-type event in Cardiff tomorrow evening (Saturday the 9th), as part of the Cardiff Festival of Science. The gig is at The Social, upstairs, from 6pm. There’ll be a discussion of material from the BBC’s ‘The Human Mind’ show (which overlaps quite a lot with […]

2005-07-08 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Children who snore are more likely to have attention and hyperactivity problems. Man links his Parkinson’s Disease with a sudden emergence of musical talent. The Salt Lake Tribune discusses the crossover between cases of ‘possession’ and psychosis, and the role of psychiatry in treating […]

Time compression

This could be a long shot, but if you’re really enjoying yourself and you don’t want time to go too fast, try keeping your eyes as still as possible. Concetta Morrone, John Ross and David Burr have just reported in Nature Neuroscience that subjective time is compressed around the onset of a saccadic eye movement. […]

Evolutionary psychology takes a knock

Scientic American has an interview online with philosopher David J. Buller who attacks current research in evolutionary psychology. Buller has recently written a critical book on the subject, Adapting Minds, that analyses much of the evidence on which evolutionary theories of the mind are based, and finds many of them lacking. His interview tackles many […]

Reactive Colours and the autistic community

Reactive Colours is an innovative project that is developing software to promote enjoyment and social interaction in severely autistic children. In contrast to existing packages, it is using a non-commercial open source development model, and is aiming to include the autistic and Asperger’s community as developers and contributors to the project. I caught up with […]

Knickers in a twist over ‘brainstorming’

According to an article in The Observer, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) in Belfast have been told to avoid using the word ‘brainstorming’ as it may be offensive to people with epilepsy. Instead they’ve been asked to use the term ‘thought-showers’. Apart from verging on self-parody, it seems based on a false […]

Oliver Sacks discusses his work on Book Club

This month’s BBC Radio discussion programme Book Club is on The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, neurologist Oliver Sacks‘ popular and influential book of unusual cases. The Man Who Mistook… describes a number of patients Sacks has worked with, and describes the strange experiences that can sometimes arise from injury to the […]

The BIG questions

To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Science magazine in America has published a series of free articles counting down the 125 biggest questions facing science in the next quarter century. In second place is: “What is the biological basis of consciousness?”. Other top-25 entries of particular interest to Mind Hackers are: “How are memories stored and […]


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Brain Connection columnists

Brain Connection is a quality website discussing developments in neuroscience and psychology, and one of its highlights is the monthly column section. The columnist, currently Robert Sylwester, tackles a different topic each month, and aims to relate current findings in neuroscience to everyday life. Although Sylwester’s column has a slight slant towards the educational applications […]

2005-07-01 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Cornell researchers propose a move to a more ‘organic’ model of the mind. Psychologists, writing in Current Directions in Psychological Science, give three reasons not to believe in an autism epidemic. PsyBlog has a satirical take on Tom Cruise’s comments on psychology and psychiatry. […]


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