2009-04-03 Spike activity

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

The Economist has an article on the impact of poverty on the developing mind and brain.

Orange flavour antipsychotics are launched by seemingly self-paradoying pharmaceutical company Otsuka.

The New York Times has an article on the art and science of dreaming in the 17th century.

The future of Big I artificial intelligence is discussed by H+ Magazine in a report from a recent cutting-edge conference.

The BPS Research Digest has a great piece on the limits of the ‘paradox of choice’.

An interesting new blog by forensic psychologist Marisa Mauro kicks off on Psychology Today

The Wall Street Journal tackles identity construction on social media. Good piece although the same ground covered by Sherry Turkle 15 years ago.

Music as a possible form of cognitive treatment is discussed by The New York Times.

Not Exactly Rocket Science on how the finding of a deformed skull of prehistoric child suggests that early humans cared for disabled children.

A video of a man with a fishing spear in his head accompanies an article by The Times. Despite the dramatic injury, he survived.

Medical Economics on news that the number of Big Pharma lovin’ doctors is dropping in the US.

Autism immerses 2-year-olds in a <a href="http://sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/42316/title/Autism_immerses_2-year-olds_in_a_synchronized_world
“>synchronized world, reports Science News.

Discover Magazine has video from a neuroscientist panel discussion on unlocking the secrets and powers of the brain.

‘The nightmares of Puerto Ricans’ is an upcoming article in the Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry journal.

The Scientist has several freely available articles on the neuroscience of <a href="Sleep article
http://www.the-scientist.com/toc/2009/4/”>sleep in it’s latest edition.

Philosopher Ned Block puts a pre-print of a paper entitled ‘Comparing the Major Theories of Consciousness’ online as a pdf.

The New York Times discusses how medical dogma often triumphs over scientific evidence if the data seems to contradict a good story or traditional treatment option.

Sociologist Yochai Benkler discusses social reasoning and the myth of rationality in an article for Edge.

The Onion reports the shocking news that 98% of babies are manic depressive.

Spanking ‘brings couples together, says an entirely serious article in New Scientist.

BBC News reports that sleep problems correlate with suicide attempts.

‘Voice lie-detector’ made by lawyer-happy critic-suing company Nemesysco is found to be no better at detecting lies than flipping a coin in an independent test just published in Journal of Forensic Science.

Psychological Science has a study finding that once practical stress is taken out caregiving is associated with a decreased mortality risk.

The neuroscience of the ‘money illusion‘ is discussed in an excellent piece on Frontal Cortex.

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