Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:
The myth of undecided voters is tackled head on by Frontal Cortex.
Gin, Television and Cognitive Surplus. No, not a traditional English weekend, an Edge article by Clay Shirky on the internet and mental aggregators.
PsychCentral’s Sandra lists her Top 10 online psychology experiments.
ABC Radio National’s Life Matters explores out relationship to colour.
Corpus Callosum has an interesting role reversal art project where a psychiatrist has painted his emotional impression of patients.
Epigenetics or the ‘Ghost in Your Genes’ is a new TV programme and is linked to and discussed by Neuroanthropology.
The Smart Set review a book on loneliness.
The Guardian’s examination of the supposedly mandatory but widely ignored drug company gift registers for UK doctors, shows (can we guess) widespread soul selling.
Be sure to check ABC Radio National’s All in the Mind blog for extended comments and extra audio from the recent programme on the mind, markets and morality.
Wired Sciece on why early stone tools suggest Neanderthals were equally as intelligent as early humans, contrary to popular belief. Researchers now exploring lack of style, poor personal hygiene as reason for extinction.
The rubber hand illusion is accompanied by a drop in temperature of the ‘displaced’ hand. Another from Wired Science.
The BPS Research Digest reports a interesting study that finds we tend to overestimate the size of our own heads, but not those of others.
The three critical techniques for stage magic discussed in the recent paper on the cognitive science of magic are summarised by PsyBlog.
Harvard Magazine has an article on ‘A Work in Progress: The Teen Brain‘. Due to be completed shortly after Duke Nukem Forever.
July’s Neuropod appeared and we didn’t even notice. Still, the programme has been eerily quiet since then.
The Times reports that more sex by braver soldiers suggests an evolutionary explanation for rhubarb, hat stands, pink elephants, blah blah blah…
Why Are ‘Mama’ and ‘Dada’ a Baby’s First Words? Sounds obvious but it’s actually an interesting study into developmental phonetics.
BBC News reports that the drug rasagiline may may actually slow down Parkinson’s disease according to an early study.
Cool photo on Flickr appropriately called ‘applied radiology‘.
Cannabis use went down in the UK after it was reclassified as a ‘softer’ drug, reports of The Guardian. Buckets of urine at the ready to be flung into the wind when government shortly re-reclassifies it as a ‘harder’ drug.
Interesting experimental philosophy paper makes it into the top 10 philosophy papers of the year.
Furious Seasons catches two interesting antipsychotic news nuggets: Nature Neuroscience editorial says credibility lacking in child psychiatry after recent payments scandal / BMJ reports antipsychotics really, really bad in older folks.