2009-11-06 Spike activity

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

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What should count as an illness in the DSM-V? Asks Psychiatric Times with a brief discussion on the concepts of mental disorder.

Addiction Inbox is a fantastic blog about drug abuse and addiction.

There’s an excellent article on the anthropology of office gossip over at The New York Times.

New Scientist reports on a convicted murderer who got a reduced sentence on appeal owing to the fact he has a version of the MAOA gene that has been linked to an increase chance of aggression. Biological determinism alive and well in the Italian courts. Is that the ghost of Lombroso I see?

Recently sacked drugs advisor to the UK government writes a scathing editorial in New Scientist. There’s also some good commentary in the British Medical Journal from psychopharmacologist David Colquhoun.

CNN reports on a case of a women who experiences transient global amnesia after sex.

The highs and lows of transcranial magnetic stimulation are discussed by Inkling Magazine.

The New York Times reports on female soldiers from the US military who have suffered post-traumatic stress.

A recent study that contradicts the child bipolar over-excitement is covered by Furious Seasons.

Neuroskeptic has some excellent coverage of a recent study comparing the effects of real vs placebo coffee.

A vintage public information film on psychoanalysis apparently from the late 1940s makes for fascinating viewing on YouTube.

New Scientist meets Terry Pratchett to talk about his work and his diagnosis of an uncommon form of Alzheimer’s disease.

Research on what increases altruism in toddlers in covered by the wonderful BPS Research Digest.

Frontal Cortex muses on several studies showing the mental impact of a bad night’s sleep.

Internet pant-wetters take note. A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that internet users are more social offline than non-users and that internet use isn’t linked to social isolation. Good coverage from CNET.

Not Exactly Rocket Science has an excellent post on how new born babies’ cries have a recognisable ‘accent‘, depending on native language.

A new documentary about psychedelic drugs is previewed by Dr Shock.

New Scientist has a good article on why good decision making and IQ aren’t necessarily linked.

What’s the best way to take a study break? asks Cognitive Daily with the research to back up the answer. My answer of ‘fly to Jamaica’ is apparently not evidence-based.

The New York Times discusses how Asperger syndrome may be taken out of the forthcoming revised diagnostic manual and merged into a single autism spectrum diagnosis.

The US airforce apparently want top ‘overwhelm enemy cognitive abilities’ with something biosciencey, according to a new research effort covered by Wired’s Danger Room.

The Guardian has what seems to be the best obituary of legendary and hugely influential anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, probably because it was written by a fellow anthropologist.

Philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel has a ‘very simple argument against any general theory of consciousness’ on his blog The Splintered Mind.

New Scientist has a short news piece on how we can sense our heartbeat with our skin.

Another nice piece on self-deception research, this time on how we over-estimate our ability to resist impulses, is discussed by Neuronarrative. The correct link to the original study is here.

The Neuroscience Boot Camp annual summer crash course held at the University of Pennsylvania is recruiting!

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