Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:
The BPS Research Digest reports on how the weather can affect our memory.
The New York Times reports that coffee intake is associated with a lower risk of developing <a href="Coffee lower dementia risk
The neuroscience of acalculia, an impairment in understand number and calculation, is discussed in a feature article from New Scientist.
There’s a great article over at Computer World on building better CAPTCHAs. Sort of an anti-AI science as it has to require something that computers can’t easily do.
New Scientist reports that video game conditioning spills over into real life, although actually, it would be much more surprising if it didn’t.
Two teenage boys singing about CBT on YouTube. History now officially complete.
Neurophilosophy discusses a lovely study finding that touches to the face when we’re trying to understand speech can affect how we perceive what is being said.
An in-depth article on the ‘connectome‘ and the quest to understand the brain’s wiring appears in Nature.
American Psychologist published the first replication of the Milgram conformity experiments for 30 years and has lots of commentary.
Nintendo brain-trainer ‘no better than pencil and paper’, reports The Times.
Neuroanthropology has a brilliantly written piece on veteran’s experiences of PTSD and combat trauma.
New Scientist reports that overweight seniors who consume fewer calories show improved memory.
The Economist reports that we are more like to procrastinate when asked to think in the abstract.
Pharmacy students also have a negative attitude towards mental health patients, reports Dr Shock MD.
Science News reports on a neuroimaging study finding that key emotion areas are involved in empathetic understanding of others’ pain.
The neuroscience of legal and courtroom decision making is discussed on SciAm Mind Matters.
ABC Radio National’s Ockham’s Razor discusses the neurological impact of viral diseases and the history of rabies vaccination.
The Seattle Times reports on the US Army’s highest suicide rate since records began.
A new paper that might give a ‘theory of everything’ for memory is discussed by Developing Intelligence.
Furious Seasons reports on a new head-to-head metanalysis of which are the best antidepressants.