Monthly Archives: August 2006

the forbidden experiment

Rebecca Saxe, a psychologist from MIT, reviews Encounters with Wild Children by Adriana S. Benzaqu√©n, a history of the fascination that scientists have had with children who grow-up isolated from human contact. To raise a child without the influence of culture is the ‘forbidden experiment’, the test theorised by philosophers of human nature to reveal […]

Encephalon 5th edition

Just a quick note to say that the 5th Encephalon neuroscience writing carnival has been published at Developing Intelligence. Head over there for the latest writing from online neuroscientists…

Hospital de la Caridad

The Hospital de la Caridad was founded in 1674 by Don Miguel de Ma√±ara to care for physically and mentally ill of Seville who were too poor to afford treatment. Don Miguel de Ma√±ara was supposedly the inspiration for Byron¬¥s Don Juan as he left a life of debauchery to found the hospital after having […]

Me voy a Espa√±a

I am off to deepest Seville for two weeks and I’m not sure how much internet access I will have. As a consequence, updates might be a little sporadic and I suspect will be without illustrations as I doubt I’ll have decent image editing software to hand. In the mean time, here’s a few articles […]

PsyArt for the psychology of art

PsyArt is an online journal dedicated the use of psychology in understanding the impact and meaning of art. It’s a peer-reviewed journal which has been publishing quality analyses of the art-psychology borderlands for almost a decade now. The full-text articles are freely available online, meaning you can pass on the links and read the full […]

Psychosis and psychoanalysis

I’ve always been slightly suspicious about the Freudian tendency to read meaning into everything. You see hidden meanings and get paid for it and you’re an analyst, you do it for free and you’re psychotic. I suspect this is why there’s so little psychoanalytic work on psychosis, the infinite regress of hidden meanings would probably […]

2006-08-25 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Retrospectacle discusses the famous study on London cab drivers that won an IgNobel Award but has actually provided some important findings on adult brain regeneration. American Scientist talks to psychologist Marc Hauser on the prospect of a moral instinct. Research finds ‘unique brain gene’ […]

Mental health first aid

While many people will get first aid training through school, college or work, few will be taught what to do when they encounter someone who is experiencing severe mental illness and needs help. An Australian campaign is now trying to remedy the situation by running mental health first aid courses that teaches people the skills […]

Pamela Anderson and the hindu goddesses

There’s a curious letter in today’s New Scientist that takes issue with a recent criticism of V.S. Ramachandran’s theory of the neuroscience of art. The criticism attacks Ramachandran’s theory on the basis that it fails to distinguish between images of big-breasted women such as Hindu statues of goddesses and actual big-breasted women such as Pamela […]

Cognitive neuroscience of rock!

Wired has a brief interview with Daniel Levitin, ex-rock music producer and current Professor of psychology who is researching the neuroscience of musicians and music perception. Levitin has just written a book entitled This is Your Brain on Music that describes his own take on how the mind and brain understand music, both as listeners, […]

The Nature of Belief

ABC Radio’s All in the Mind recently hosted a debate for Australian National Science Week on the ‘nature of belief’ where a neuropsychologist, a minister and a science writer got together to discuss one of the most tricky problems in psychology. Although we use the term belief in everyday life with little problems, it is […]

New source of online psychology news

The latest news reports of The Psychologist magazine now appear online first, freely available for anyone to read. Recent entries include a report on the Royal Institution debate: “What’s the worst ever idea on the mind?”; a discussion of whether increased rates of autism are all down to changes in diagnosis; and – is it […]

Star struck

The Psychologist has just released an engaging open-access article on the psychology of celebrity worship [pdf] that attempts to explain why people spend time following the lives of celebrities and what benefits this attraction brings. In adolescence, when celebrity fandom often peaks, research has suggested that celebrities might function as part of an extended social […]

Viva Sevilla

I’m going to be in beautiful Seville, Spain, for two weeks from Monday 28th trying to improve my Spanish. If there are any local psychologists, psychiatrists, cognitive scientists or students of the mind and brain who want to meet and chat about psychology and neuroscience while I’m there, drop me a line.

Synapse #5 and new BPS Research Digest

Mind and brain writing carnival Synapse has just released issue #5 and is hosted on this occasion by Shelley Batts’ Retrospectacle. There’s articles on everything from sleep disorders to moral development to keep you glued to the screen. Also recently released is the new BPS Research Digest which tackles recent research on the effect of […]

Female frequency error

The Washington Post has a review and the first chapter of neuropsychiatrist Dr Louann Brizendine’s book ‘The Female Brain’ (ISBN 0767920090). Brizendine is founder of the Women’s and Teen Girls’ Mood and Hormone Clinic in San Francisco and her book tackles how biological sex differences have a significant impact on thought and behaviour. However, the […]


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