2009-09-11 Spike activity

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

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Neuroanthropology has some great coverage of a well deserved fail on some dismal attempts to research the slash fiction community. The best bit – the two neuroscientists are written into a erotic slash story as poetic justice.

There’s an overly wordy piece on hypochondria, high culture creativity and the imagination in The Guardian.

BBC News has an audio slideshow from the Cambridge University archaeology and anthropology department on the changing concept of the body taken from a new exhibition.

There’s now a regular <a href="http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/2009/09/my_picks_from_researchblogging_1.php
“>round up of psychology and neuroscience posts from ResearchBlogging.org compiled by Cognitive Daily and they’re great.

Psychiatric Times has a review of a new book called ‘Poets on Prozac’.

A study that claims to predict antidepressant response from EEG readings relies on secret unreleased constants in the formulae. Antiscience with your commerce? Neuroskeptic one of the few places to pick up on this.

Time has a piece on a brain damaged patient who seems to have lost her sense of personal space.

Why do women have sex? asks Dr Petra.

Science News covers the new genome wide association studies that have identified two new risk genes for Alzheimer’s disease.

The tracking of mobile phones can lead to insights into our social networks that are equally fascinating and alarming. A new study covered by the excellent BPS Research Digest.

Science News reports on a randomised controlled trial of the effects of playing the computer game Tetris on the brains of adolescent girls shows it leads to grey matter and efficiency increases.

Newsweek has an article on how babies can make judgements based on <a href="See Baby Discriminate
http://www.newsweek.com/id/214989″>skin color.

The interaction between individualism and mental distress are discussed by Frontier Psychiatrist.

Spiegel gets behind the brain-computer interface hype and finds the tech isn’t actually very useful yet. “My original plan was to write this article with nothing but the power of thought” – how cute – “but…” you can guess the rest.

Psychiatry is broken says psychologist Richard Bentall; it’s just a bit rough around the edges says psychiatrist Tom Burns, both in The Guardian.

BBC News reports on a new study by director of National Institute on Drug Abuse’s research group, this time on kids with ADHD, finding (can you guess?) differences in dopamine function in the ‘reward system’.

Artificial intelligence won’t be intelligent if we don’t include motivation according to an opinion piece on Technology Review.

Neuroethics at the Core is an excellent blog with a recent article on the use of TMS to achieve cognitive enhancement.

The director of the Kinsey Institute is called Dr Heiman. That is all.

The Independent has an obituary for family therapy pioneer David Campbell.

A lovely study on the effect of hunger on food liking is covered by Neurotopia.

New Scientist has an opinion piece arguing we should legalise illicit drugs by someone called Clare who doesn’t sound much like a terrorist but you can’t be too sure these days.

A fascinating piece of research on how different types of camera angle alter the believability of children’s testimony is covered by Neuronarrative.

Furious Seasons has a great comedy snippet from the Tonight Show taking the piss out of Pfizer for their $2.3 bazillion fine for being shady / endangering the lives of patients through illegal marketing practices.

3 Comments

  1. rita
    Posted September 11, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    “……opinion piece arguing we should legalise illicit drugs”
    Doesn’t everyone agree now that the war on drugs has been a hideous failure – and that people should be allowed to go to hell in their own way?

  2. Kapitano
    Posted September 12, 2009 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    Everyone who knows anything about the subject yes. Which is probably less than 1% of the population, none of who are in positions of power.
    I hereby christen this phenomenon: The Political Indeterminacy Principle, whereby you can either know what to do, or be in a position to do it. Unless you’re neither.

  3. rita
    Posted September 12, 2009 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/sep/03/drugs-prohibition-latin-america

    – well, anyone who reads the “Guardian” might have given it a thought after this article.


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