Monthly Archives: November 2007

Blue jean brain

Artist Lee Pirozzi creates wonderful three-dimensional fabric brains and neuroanatomical structures. The piece on the left is called ‘Blue Jean Brain II’. Pirozzi’s portfolio also describes a few of the pieces like so: …in “In Search of the Perfect Blue Jeans,” denim, sequins, and satin form the textured and nuanced surfaces of the human brain, […]

No holds barred neuroscience interviews

The scientific journal Molecular Interventions has a whole load of open-access articles that contain interviews with leading molecular biologists, including several with notable neuroscientists. As you might expect from a scientific journal (which rarely include interviews) the exchanges are in-depth and gloriously geeky in places. I haven’t found a search term to cleanly pull out […]

The birth of Alzheimer’s disease

Neurophilosophy has just published another wonderfully illustrated article on a key moment in neuroscience: this one focuses on Alois Alzheimer, one of the first to discover the major brain changes in Alzheimer’s disease, and Auguste Deter, the middle aged woman in whom he first detected the pathology now inextricably linked to the disorder. When in […]

LSD psychotherapy artwork

Someone’s posted examples of artwork created by patients that were undergoing LSD psychotherapy when it was originally trialled by Stanislav Grof, before research in this area was suspended by panicked world governments when the drug became widely used. The images are from Grof’s book LSD Psychotherapy, and range from the whimsical, to the abstract, to […]

Is the developing world better for schizophrenia?

One of the most commonly repeated facts about schizophrenia is that people diagnosed with the condition tend to do better in developing countries, rather than in rich Western countries. A new study has reviewed outcome studies from low and middle-income countries across the world and found the picture just isn’t that clear. The original finding […]

Help with research on the neuropsychology of hypnosis

I’m currently involved with a research group investigating the neural basis of hypnosis and dissociative disorders and, if you live in London, we’d like to invite you to take part in our research. Dissociative disorders are where people lose abilities that they normally have, such as limb movement, in the absence of underlying neurological illness. […]

Charley says…

Filmmaker Jo McGinley has created a brief and adorable film about her cat, Charley, who has cerebellar hypoplasia – a disorder in the development of the cerebellum that causes marked movement and coordination problems. Cerebellar hypoplasia also occurs in humans and can lead to similar movement difficulties. The complete function of the cerebellum is poorly […]

A handbag (shaped like a brain) is a girl’s best friend

Designer Jun Takashi has created a high fashion handbag, shaped like a brain. Why? You ask. Why not? I answer. At this point I would like to make it clear that the idea that we only use 10% of our handbag is a myth. Scientific studies have found that all of the handbag is in […]

Black humour perks up the inevitable

Time magazine has a short article on an interesting finding: after thinking about their own death, participants in a psychology study were more likely to respond unconsciously in ways that suggested a boost in mood. The study was led by psychologist Nathan DeWall and asked one group of students to think about a painful dental […]

Any good direction

I found this quote from Charles Dickens on the first page of Samuel Barondes’ book Mood Genes. It is both sage advice and reassuringly optimistic. To lighten the affliction of insanity by all human means is not to restore the greatest of divine gifts; and those who devote themselves to the task do not pretend […]

2007-11-02 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The Holy Grail of memory: researchers identify brain waves that distinguish false memories from real ones. The downside, you need to have your skull opened and electrodes implanted into your brain. Full paper: pdf. ABC Radio has science teacher Dr Berry Billingsley discussing her […]

Psychosis in David Lynch’s Inland Empire

The Psychologist has just made an article available that looks at the parallels between the most recent David Lynch film, Inland Empire, and what we know of the psychology of psychosis. The article looks at some of the proposed pathologies of psychosis, drawn from cognitive science, and suggests how these are represented in Lynch’s latest […]

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