2008-10-17 Spike activity

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

The Waves of Mu art project is reviewed by The Neurocritic. Looks as beautiful as it sounds.

BBC News says internet use ‘good for the brain’? The scientific article has not yet appeared and the guy has a book out on, er, how good the internet is for your brain. I remain suspicious until I see the hard data.

Fantastic Neurophilosophy piece discusses a new study where a man with a surgically re-attached hand shows brain re-organisation to its pre-amputation state.

The New York Times has another one of its great features on the personal experience of mental illness – this with stories of men and women with eating disorders.

Another fascinating study on the effect of death salience (reminding people of their mortality) finds it can influence environmental concerns – in either direction, according to the BPS Research Digest.

M’Lady, PsyBlog has a short but sweet piece on a study that has found romantic thoughts increase male chivalry.

A conversation between BBC News and a robot – who happens to be the winner of the 2008 Loebner Prize for artificial intelligence. You can have a conversation with the same robot yourself.

H+ Magazine launches for the transhumanist in your life. Full of slightly unrealistic but commendable neuroscience speculation.

Robert Burton, neurologist and author of ‘Being Certain’, is interviewed by SciAm Mind Matters.

Neuroanthropology has a video segment on what archaeology can tell us about early behaviour (sometimes called ‘cognitive archaeology’).

A patient left in the coma-like persistent vegetative state after a car crash recovers some function after magnetic brain stimulation, reports BBC News.

My Mind on Books previews an interesting looking tome called ‘Obsession: A History’.

The ever-excellent Cognitive Daily tackles whether love and sexual desire are the same.


  1. Posted October 17, 2008 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Your site is tremendous — a terrific, consistent source of knowledge. Thank you.
    Relevant to the Robert Burton link you provided in SciAm, I recently spent some time chatting with him as well; may be of interest:

  2. Posted October 19, 2008 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Yes, we commented on the bogus nature of the Google = Good for your brain pseudo-science here last week:
    Release a study that includes “Google” in it and it’s bound to get media/press attention. Guaranteed.

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