2009-03-13 Spike activity

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

The Psychologist has a free bonus edition that collects some of its most popular articles.

A newly released report from the UN argues we should legalise illicit drugs to tackle organised crime.

The New York Times reports ‘Religious Thoughts and Feelings Not Limited to One Part of Brain’. No shit Sherlock.

The battle for Broca’s Area is expertly covered by Talking Brains.

Neurophilosophy has an excellent piece on the neuroscience of motivated forgetting, related to Freud’s theory of repression.

How could MDMA (ecstasy) help anxiety disorders? A neurobiological rationale. A highly speculative but interesting article from The Journal of Psychopharmacology.

The LA Times has a luke-warm article on our sense of time.

Prescribing hormone patches for women with ‘female sexual dysfunction‘ is put under the spotlight by Dr Petra.

The New York Times has an excellent piece on happiness research, or more accurately “a specific type of emotional and behavioral prediction”.

Early intellectual gap found for kids of <a href="http://sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/41529/title/Early_intellectual_gap_found_for_kids_of_older_fathers
“>older fathers aged 50 and over at conception, reports Science News.

Science Daily on a study finding that immigrants earn more money if they change their name from an obviously foreign one.

Mental illness doesn’t predict violence, finds biggest study to published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

New Scientist has a Q&A on a ‘mass hysteria‘ outbreak in Nicaragua.

A priest jailed for child sexual abuse on the basis of ‘recovered memories‘ is having his case reviewed, reports The Nation.

Neurocase reports a case of a man who can speak without Broca’s area after tumor surgery.

A fantastic article on endangered languages with audio samples is available from Seed Magazine.

Seed Magazine also has a fantastic article on art and synaesthesia.

The official journal of the The International Neuropsychiatric Association is open-acess. Kudos to them!

New Scientist has an interview with psychiatrist Simon Wessely on mind-body interactions in illness.

Is Fraud Contagious? asks Newsweek with a look at a recent Dan Ariely study.

SciAm Mind Matters blog has an article on a neat study finding that actions, <a href="Metaphors of cleanliness
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=embodied-metaphor-moral”>metaphors and moral judgements can influence each other.

I thoroughly recommend Neurophilosophy for the most sensible coverage on the ‘reading perceived position from hippocampal activation study’ – badly described in the media as ‘mind reading’.

SciAm’s Jesse Bering column has an excellent piece on terror management and mortality salience.

CIA Awkwardly Debriefs Obama On Creation Of Crack Cocaine. Conspiracy comedy from The Onion.

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