2008-02-08 Spike activity

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

Is V1agra spam getting you down? Fear not, get more sex with V1tamin C!

OmniBrain discovers a long lost film on ‘Frightening Diseases of the Mind’.

How good is Neurofeedback for treating attention deficits? Sharp Brains has a great review of the evidence.

The fantastic Furious Seasons hosts a pdf of a recent academic article on the increasing overdiagnosis of child bipolar disorder.

The New York Times has the shocking news that brilliant discoveries typically need years of hard word.

Subliminal images of drug paraphernalia can trigger cravings in addicts, according to a new study reported by Treatment Online.

Pregnancy ‘does cause memory loss’ according to a new study covered by The Guardian.

Discover Magazine asks if Osama’s only 6 degrees away, why can’t we find him? I’ve asked a similar question about Shakira myself.

10 reasons people lie to their psychotherapists. World of Psychology rounds up an informal survey.

The ‘Google generation’ a myth according to a new study. Susan Greenfield and chums take note.

A Blog Around the Clock interviews psychologist Vanessa Woods, who goes into the jungle to observe the behaviour of bonobos.

“Colin Blakemore: An organ so complex we may never fully understand it”. A poorly worded headline unintentionally describes the head of the Medical Research Council as an organ.

More headline innuendo pleasure from The New York Times: “Drop Down and Give Me More Than She‚Äôs Doing”. Sadly, about the psychology of exercise.

Metapsychology reviews a book that documents medical complicity in torture during the war on terror. So truly awful that words fail to describe it adequately.

More from The New York Times with an article and audio reading from an upcoming book on obsessive-compulsive disorder.

PsyBlog looks at the limits of cognitive dissonance, one of the most important theories in social psychology.

Don’t breath the pig brains. Sound advice from Neurophilosophy.

Developing Intelligence looks at how gestures during speech affect what we communicate.

School of Everything! Want to learn something or have something to share. Fine out who can teach you in your local area.

How to Study. The BPS Research Digest has a guest feature looking at the psychology of optimum learning.

Deric Bownds discusses how blindsight has been created in people without brain damage, using TMS.

2 Comments

  1. Chris
    Posted February 9, 2008 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Susan Greenfield should take note of the fact that the study supports her in some ways.
    Greenfield:
    “Children may not have the conceptual framework adults have to evaluate what’s booming and buzzing at them from the screen.”
    study:
    “A persistent theme in the information
    literacy literature is that we need a fully developed mental map to make effective use of Internet search tools… appreciation of the nature of the information space, and of how spelling, grammar and sentence structure contribute to effective searches.
    “Internet research has shown that the speed of young people‚Äôs web searching indicates that little time is spent in evaluating information…
    “…the key point is that information skills have to be developed during formative school years…”

  2. Posted February 10, 2008 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    Oh dude, you sooo stole the ascorbic acid study from me.
    So now that I’m pretty sure you’re reading my blog… I was thinking, you should bust out with a list of your favorite neuroscience RSS links and share the wealth.


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