2008-02-29 Spike activity

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

“Chewing gum and context-dependent memory: the independent roles of chewing gum and mint flavour”: A lovely forthcoming paper from The British Journal of Psychology.

Bloggingheads.tv has a video debate on natural *cough*, sorry, experimental philosophy.

Pure Pedantry investigates the neurological basis of the “runner’s high“.

Have you been in psychotherapy doctor? The New York Times has an article on the dying tradition of psychiatrists being in therapy.

A new book on ‘neuroarthistory‘ is picked up by My Mind on Books.

Bolding going back to 1962. The Sunday Herald reports on a recently discovered neuroreceptor link found between psychosis and effects of LSD.

Parapsychologist Dean Radin is interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle.

We respond differently to babies’ faces within 150 milliseconds. Cognitive Daily covers a MEG study of face recognition responses in the brain.

BBC News reports that poor diet is linked to bad behaviour in children.

To the bunkers! $24 billion spend predicted to developed autonomous robot armies. You have 20 seconds to comply!

The first human nerve tissue transplant has been completed. Next step, Robocop (we hope).

Wired reports on a psychologist leading the competition to develop a film recommendation algorithm and win the Netflix Prize.

How do psychologists study what we know about ourselves? Psychologist Virgina Kwan writes a guest article for the BPS Research Digest

Against compulsory happiness: The LA Times discusses the miracle of melancholia and BBC News asks is depression good for you?

First Monday ponders whether whether the increasingly media obsessed world needs to be understood as an attention economy.

Deric Bownd’s has a primer on executive function in the prefrontal cortex.

One Comment

  1. Matthew Platte
    Posted February 29, 2008 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m curious how that ten-year-old Attention Economy presentation at First Monday managed to hit your radar. It’s interesting to see where Goldhaber’s predictions were spot-on (DRM, transparent organization) and way, way off (demise of the printed book). Regarding his take on money, one might argue that as inflation pushes the dollar towards absolute zero, perhaps we *will* begin to use money less – even though we’re spending more than evah.


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