2007-08-17 Spike activity

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

First online mental illness support group in Hong Kong launches!

Cognitive Daily uncovers a lovely study that finds that conversational partners coordinate eye movements and nose-scratching.

Dr Petra analyses the recent research showing a link between breast implants and suicide.

The Guardian releases mp3s of the originals tapes of Susan Blackmore’s ‘conversation on consciousness’ with Daniel Dennett, Francis Crick and V.S. Ramachandran.

The New York Times beams light to alter brain function.

Flashing the cash or saving the world can both be ways of attracting a mate, reports The Economist.

More from The Economist: a short article on how the brain develops important networks during childhood and adolescence.

The Frontal Cortex picks out some interesting aspects of the Flynn Effect – the fact that IQ seems to rise from generation to generation.

Nick Bostrom’s at it again with his simulation argument: The New York Times asks whether we’re living in a computer simulation. AI to be renamed AAI.

Not cyber enough for you? The Times looks body and brain mods and labels us the ‘Blade Runner generation‘.

PsyBlog examines research on the hidden purpose of chat-up lines.

Zen and the Art of Coping With Alzheimer’s: The New York Times looks at ways of dealing with challenging behaviour in dementia.

The awkwardly named but excellent Ouroboros has been, well, excellent, recently.

10 out of 10 for the patronising headline: New Scientist reports that ‘puppy love makes teenagers lose the plot’.

The Wall Street Journal argues that too many studies use college students as participants.

Low voltage current delivered to the head can cut down alcohol craving, reports Neuromod Blog.

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