2006-10-27 Spike activity

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


New Scientist reports that a new surveillance system can distinguish between violent and non-violent behaviour (with video).

Cognitive Daily asks ‘do deadlines help procrastinators?’

Review of ’23 Problems in Systems Neuroscience’ from American Scientist. What is systems neuroscience?

Damage to the brain could unleash artistic talent, reports ABC News, covering a new paper in medical journal Neurology.

Paper in Science on ‘stereotype threat’ (see previously on Mind Hacks) affecting women’s maths performance is covered by Seed Magazine.

Forbes magazine lists some of the physical and psychological benefits of sex.

More on inheriting facial expressions: The Economist has a well-written article on the recent ingenious study.

Review of ‘For Matthew and Others: Journeys with Schizophrenia’ art exhibition from The Australian.

People who read more fiction have higher levels of empathy, reports Frontal Cortex.

Developing Intelligence has a fantastic review of neuroscience-of-self book ‘I of the Vortex’.

UK has ‘lowest ever’ suicide rate, reports BBC News.


  1. Posted October 27, 2006 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Some great links, thanks Vaughan!

  2. sabadashus
    Posted October 29, 2006 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    in re: inheriting facial expressions —
    1) watch kids. it happens just before language, or around there
    2) some children make special faces when they are exposed to two languages at home — they can’t ‘fit the words in (that) mouth). I once saw a child have to practice faces in order to speak. Completely split English/Spanish speaking family. What a place to look for bilingual ‘loss’!
    3) between the ability to ‘feel’ what we see others do, and the ability to ‘share’ language humans probably don’t need much more than an integrative skill (or talent or trait or…)
    4) (but really #1) Great blog. You guys (gals?) (people!) are really showing other authors what a book really can be these days.
    hats off! share your mind!
    ps-the current ‘dying of the family’ is a great opportunity for anthropologists of urbanity — you can already see the ‘death of the face.’ s.

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