2009-01-16 Spike activity

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

A third US Army ‘Human Terrain’ researcher has died after injuries sustained in the field, reports Wired.

Scientific American Mind Matters discusses the neuroscience of noisy eyeballs – a curious synaesthesia-like condition.

The BPS Research Digest discusses research finding describing wine’s flavours helps people recognise specific types.

Channel N finds a fantastic video discussion on psychiatry’s clash over meaning, memory, and mind.

Interesting study in the British Medical Journal finds troubled / misbehaving kids have worse longer term health outcomes at a 40 year follow-up.

The New York Times has a brief piece on how tragedy and loss can lead to psychological advantages.

Top 11 compounds in US drinking water described by New Scientist include three psychiatric / neurological drugs – carbamazepine, meprobamate and phenytoin – although the last two are barely prescribed these days.

The Boston Globe has a great infographic explaining some ‘try-it-yourself’ brain tricks – most of which we’ve covered previously but handy to have in sketched out.

A psychologist in Gaza takes time out from being shelled to talk to The New York Times about the effect of total war on the population. I think you can guess the rest.

New Scientist has a short piece on a new cognitive model of surprise.

The evolution of manual dexterity is tracked by Neurophilosophy.

Corpus Callosum picks up on research on the possible antidepressant effects of vitamin D.

Death redefined as lack of engagement with the world by bioethicists mulling brain death and organ donation, reports Wired. Lack of engagement? By that definition I’m dead every dead every Sunday morning.

New Scientist discusses whether we’re over-medicalising sadness and discusses the benefits of negative emotions.

A brief article in The New York Times considers the possibility of developing an anti-love potion.

Scientific Blogging on research showing that too much TV delays language development in children.

More evidence that antipsychotics increase the risk of death by heart attack is covered by Furious Seasons.

Dr Shock discusses new research on the neurobiology of psychosocial stress and depression.

Probably the best ongoing coverage of the ‘Voodoo correlations’ controversy is on The Neurocritic. Do check it out.


  1. Posted January 16, 2009 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Carmamazepine? In the water? Would it improve my carma?

  2. Posted January 16, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Too bad Dana Foundation wouldn’t allow downloading the videos. Its a slideshow on a slow link and there seems to be no caching in the applet.

  3. Posted January 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Fixed. Thanks!

  4. Posted January 16, 2009 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    It was a great typo actually.

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