2007-08-24 Spike activity

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

Why are visual memories so vivid when visual memory is so limited? Cognitive Daily has another fantastic breakdown.

Science and Consciousness Review has a new feature article on whether language is necessary for self-awareness.

The New York Times has an article on the potential of physical exercise to boost memory and cognitive processing speed. Pure Pedantry picks up on its off-kilter interpretation.

The BPS Research Digest looks at why we’re rubbish at predicting how what happens will affect us emotionally.

Read the latest and ‘in progress’ research on cognitive training and brain fitness at Sharp Brains.

Apparently, we have taste receptors in the gut!

Drug company AstraZenenca have been whitewashing the entries for their drugs on Wikipedia. Bears still shitting in woods.

PsyBlog notes that pessimists have good reason to be pessimistic. People prefer optimists and realists!

The New York Times discusses the importance of getting a therapist you click with to get the most out of psychological treatment.

Mr. Freeze, the Iced-Time Demon. A thought-provoking thought experiment from philosopher Pete Mandik

Is there anything good about men? Psychologist Roy Baumeister’s speech notes that males are much less likely to reproduce than females, and wonders what evolutionary effect this has had on gender psychology.

Jose Padilla’s conviction raises questions about whether detainees who undergo extreme isolation can be given fair trials, according to In These Times.

More on the wonderful ACHOO syndrome that won our AAICS competition.


  1. Mark(p.s.)
    Posted August 24, 2007 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Funny stuff!! LOL “Bears still shitting in woods.” I have to remember to use that line

  2. Mark(p.s.)
    Posted August 24, 2007 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    from the article “Maybe 80 percent of women reproduced, whereas only 40 percent of men did”
    80 + 40 = ?
    120% reproduction! must have been alot of Immaculate Conception going on.

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