Monthly Archives: October 2006

Psychology art gallery

Psychology lecturer and author Gerard Keegan has created a fascinating website of psychology curios, including a ‘psychology art gallery‘ that contains a number of visual illusions or images that play with the limits of our visual perception. Keegan is the author of Higher Psychology a textbook for 16-18 year-old psychology students and his site shows […]

Thin – the documentary

Thin is a photo essay and award-winning documentary by photographer Lauren Greenfield that charts the lives of patients at the Renfrew Center, a residential centre for the treatment of women with eating disorders. Although the photo essay is available online, the full documentary is not. However, an extended preview of the documentary is available which […]

Science of Sleep t-shirt competition

Online t-shirt shop and design free-for-all Threadless just ran a competition to design a t-shirt for the upcoming Michel Gondry film ‘The Science of Sleep‘. The film is about a man whose life is constantly invaded by his dreams. Unfortunately, the competition passed me by and has just closed. However, you can vote for the […]

Older antipsychotics give better quality of life?

An independently-funded study on the impact of older and newer antipsychotic drugs, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, has found that the older and cheaper drugs seem to lead to a better an equal quality of life. Antipsychotics are generally used to treat delusions and hallucinations in a number of mental disorders, but are […]

Society for Neuroscience 2006 conference in full swing

SfN 2006, the Society for Neuroscience’s yearly tribal gathering, has kicked off in Atlanta and several bloggers are keeping tabs on the proceedings. Jake from Pure Pedantry, Shelley from Retrospectacle, the Neurocontrarian and Neurotopia are all bringing you some of the latest scientific developments from the floor. They’re also bringing you some of the news […]

Cognitive scientists on the future of science

Edge reports that several cognitive scientists were at the recent Future of Science conference in Venice in Italy. Some of the talks are available as online video for those wanting to catch up on what was discussed: * Stephen Pinker on The Cognitive Niche [wmv] * Marc Hauser on Evolution of a Universal Moral Grammar […]

The psychology of snacks

The New York Times has just published an article on the work on Prof Brian Wansink who investigates the psychology of snacking and eating behaviour. Although, at first, this seems quite a mundane topic, his research team has produced some fascinating results that suggest that the amount we eat is governed as much by the […]

NEURObotics

London’s Science Museum has just opened a new exhibition and website entitled NEURObotics that investigates how medical technology could boost our brains‚Äö read our thoughts or give us mind control over machines. The exhibition tackles topics such as brain-scan lie detectors, enhancing brain function with TMS (magnetic pulses) and even has the Braingate ‘brain interface […]

Near ovulation, women dress to impress

A forthcoming article (pdf) in the journal Hormones and Behaviour suggests that as women approach the fertile phase of the menstrual cycle, they are more likely to dress to look most attractive. The research was led by Prof Martie Haselton who asked 30 women in committed romantic relationships to have a hormone tests to determine […]

2006-10-13 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: ABC Radio’s All in the Mind has a fascinating discussion on the psychology and philosophy of pain. American Scientist takes a look at the psychology of scientific reasoning and progress. ABC Radio’s In Conversation interviews Rupert Sheldrake, ex-biologist, now turned parapsychologist. The psychology and […]

Elementary, my dear Watson

“A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library where he can get it if he wants it.” Sherlock Holmes details a brief theory of knowledge in The Five Orange Pips by […]

LSD and experimental psychoses

Living Tech has scanned a 1955 article on ‘Experimental Psychoses‘ that discusses the use of LSD to simulate psychotic states. When LSD was first discovered, it was thought that the profound alteration of reality that it causes could be used as a ‘model’ for psychosis in psychiatric research. However, as a recent Canadian Journal of […]

Time to give up on a single explanation for autism

This month’s Nature Neuroscience has published an opinion piece by three leading autism researchers arguing that we should abandon any theory that claims to explain all of the experiences and behaviours that are classified under the banner of ‘autism’. This includes both simple psychological and neurobiological theories, and instead, the authors claim, we should focus […]

Science special on ‘Modelling the Mind’

Science has a special online collection on computational neuroscience – the science of creating computer models of the mind and brain to test theories and develop treatments. The collection is a mixture of freely available and closed access articles, but all the summaries are freely available so you can get a taster of this exciting […]

Average girls are hot

Seed Magazine has an article on recent research published in Psychological Science that suggests that average faces are more attractive because they are easier for the brain to process. The image on the right (go to the article for a bigger version) is a composite of a number of different female faces rated as attractive. […]

i must be fine because my heart’s still beating

The White Stripes consider the different roles of the cortical hemispheres in processing and understanding emotion in the lyrics of their song Fell in Love With a Girl. As far as I know, this is the first discussion of asymmetry in cortical processing in punk music. Rock on. “can’t keep away from the girl these […]

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