2007-06-08 Spike activity

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

A Polish man wakes up from a 19 year ‘coma’ and is remarkably functional (with video).

New Scientist reports that folic acid could protect against strokes.

From last year’s NeuroFest: A puppet show about autism called ‘The Boy Who Wanted to be a Robot’ is available on YouTube – part 1 and part 2.

The Mouse Trap has an insightful discussion on the psychology and neuroscience of imagination.

Advert for the London 2012 Olympics triggers seizures in some people with epilepsy. No word on the headaches caused by the logo.

Neuroscience video blog Channel N has found some vintage footage of neuroimaging experiments.

Research covered by New Scientist suggests that forgetfulness is a tool of the brain. Also see the case of Solomon Shereshevskii, a man studied by A.R. Luria, who had a problem with not being able to forget.

The Neurophilosopher finds some wonderful antique brain illustrations.

Brain injuries raise risk of Alzheimer’s disease, reports New Scientist.

CNN report on advances in neuroprothetics: Surfing the web with nothing but brainwaves.

The US Military are working on a humanoid battlefield robot to rescue fallen soldiers.

Providentia notes that the American Psychological Association are to review gay conversion therapy policy.

Furious Seasons notes Eli Lilly’s sudden interest in funding a charity who train dogs to help depressed people since they’ve released an anti-depressant for canines.

In other animal news: Cognitive Daily find previously suppressed evidence of Pavlov’s cat.

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