Monthly Archives: June 2007

Not seeing the wood for the trees

Simultanagnosia is where a person can’t perceive more than one object at a time. They literally cannot see the wood for the trees. There are two main types that differ depending on the location of the brain injury which has caused the syndrome. Damage to the dorsal stream can cause dorsal simultanagnosia, where the patient […]

For Therapeutic Purposes

A poem from the book Uncut Confetti by the brilliant John Hegley: For Therapeutic Purposes I have not been quite right in the head Like a balding tyre, I’ve been losing my grip I have been given various medications to help me cope anti-depressants anti-psychotics And my brother has given me a skipping rope. Hegley’s […]

James Watson and the missing gene

The New York Times is reporting that James Watson, co-discover of DNA, will have the whole of his DNA sequence made publicly available, with the exception of one gene known as apolipoprotein E. Watson doesn’t want to know which version of the gene he has, as it is one of the strongest predictors for the […]

Neurotech industry consultant profiled

The San Francisco Chronicle has an article on neurotech industry consultant Zack Lynch, who you might know from the blog Brain Waves. Lynch is executive director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization, an umbrella organisation for the commercial neuroscience sector, and managing director of NeuroInsights, a business intelligence service. The San Francisco Chronicle article looks at […]

SciAmMind on team success and kids on drugs

The latest edition of Scientific American Mind has just been published, and as is customary, two of the feature articles are freely available online. The first is on the psychology of teams and how science is attempting to understand what makes a successful and productive working party. The article describes effective team learning strategies and […]

Identity disorder and the future of technology

Polymath physician Dr Ray Tallis has written an optimistic article in the latest edition of Philosophy Now magazine arguing that human technological enhancement is over-hyped but no reason for fear. Tallis is a professor of geriatric medicine, so it’s no surprise that he sees some of the most applicable benefits of technological advances for diseases […]

Freud, neurobiology and psychotherapy

American TV discussion host Charlie Rose has a series of programmes available online where some of the world’s leading researchers discuss Freud, neurobiology and the latest in psychological treatments for mental illness. The first programme is a discussion of the legacy of Freud, with neurobiologist Eric Kandel, Freudian psychotherapist Peter Fonagy, inventor of cognitive therapy […]

2007-06-01 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: A disquieting feeling of strangeness?: Just found this great 2001 paper on the ‘the art of the mentally ill’ on PubMedCentral. Brain scan can predict response to antidepressants, reports New Scientist. Neurophilosophy has an excellent article on famous amnesia case HM. Pesticides ‘up Parkinson’s […]

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