2005-11-18 Spike activity

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

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Twin study from the University of Amsterdam suggests a genetic contribution to loneliness.

What are we doing when we look away during a conversation? asks Cognitive Daily.

Brain differences found in relatives of people with autism.

Body image, not menopause, causes lack of desire in older women, argues Petra Boyton.

Interview with Leslie Savan on the influence of advertising and media speak on the style and structure of popular language.

Review of neuroscience studies suggests that adolescents are neurologically more vulnerable to addictions.

Nature reviews Nancy Andreasen’s new book “The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius”.

One Comment

  1. colin
    Posted November 19, 2005 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    One should always be suspicious of any statements like “_________ is in your genes.” Especially when they invent a commonsense sounding evolutionary psychology rational.
    The twins wre asked were asked if they agreed or disagreed with certain statements, such as “I lose friends very quickly” and “nobody loves me”.
    My first response was: do these questions really ask about loneliness or is it more a question about how depressive and pessimistic these people are?


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