2010-07-09 Spike activity

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

The Wall Street Journal reports that ‘picky eating‘ is being considered as a new mental illness for the next DSM. I think they’re just trolling us now.

Becoming angry in negotiations was thought to be a widely effective strategy, but not, it turns out, when negotiating with people from an East Asian background. New study covered by The BPS Research Digest.

The Telegraph has an excellent article on the neuroscience of persistent vegetative state and other locked-in and coma-like states.

A fascinating case study of a man with constant musical hallucinations treated by magnetic brain stimulation is discussed by Neuroskeptic.

The Independent: “Scientists believe they have discovered the first hard evidence showing that conduct disorder in adolescents has a biological basis connected with brain chemistry”. This announcement made on behalf of the Steve Connor neuroscience education fund. Please give generously.

Excellent coverage of the science-politics of studies on the XMRV virus and chronic fatigue syndrome by the same journalist in The Independent. I know, confusing isn’t it?

.csv blog has a fantastic in-depth piece on new developments in artificial intelligence.

The author of PsyBlog is conducting some genuine online research into feeling low, online support groups and expressive writing with University College London. Wanna take part? Details here.

Life Matters on ABC Radio National has a discussion of why play matters, even for adults.

Hallucinations, hospitalizations and Angel’s Trumpet. Terra Sigillata has an excellent piece on toxic reactions to ‘brugmansia’ plants taken for their hallucinatory effects.

Time Magazine covers a recent study uncovering new ways unconscious motivations can influence us.

An eye-opening and worrying documentary about America’s prisons – seemingly the USA’s biggest provider of psychiatric care – is available in full over at In the News.

Reuters reports a new studying finding a link between early pot smoking and depression. Notable to separate cause and effect but useful to know either way.

The eccentric uncle of cannabis receptors, CB2, is gaining increasing attention and is discussed by Addiction Inbox.

Scientific American Mind has an intriguing piece about the ‘willpower paradox‘ where intention and motivation and not necessarily singing from the same hymn sheet.

There’s a fascinating piece about the artistic background of legendary neuroscientist Santiago Ramon-y-Cajal over at The Beautiful Brain.

Village Voice has an extended article about the how selling laughing gas at freewheeling gigs has become an intimidating and shady business.

How a broken heart can break your heart. Excellent piece from the ScienceBlogs Brasil highlights blog Brazillion Thoughts. ¿Y ScienceBlogs en español cuándo?

All Psych has a good summary of neo-Freudian theories and thinkers, minus Lacan for some reason.

Probably the funniest rant you’ll read for a while. Jesse Bering riffs on feminism, sexism and the relative pleasantness of bodily fluids over at Scientific American’s Bering In Mind.

Harvard Magazine has a thoughtful and moving piece on caregiving for a life partner with Alzheimer’s disease.

A discussion of why no-one realised that the recently deported Russian spies weren’t from where they claimed and why Americans find accents tricky over at Language Log.

The Loom has an excellent piece entitled ‘Facebook Is Not A Brain, And Other Failed Metaphors‘.

Cognitive biases are not equally opportunities misleaders, according to a study covered by Barking Up the Wrong Tree which finds men and women can be subject to different effects.

The Philosopher’s Zone on ABC Radio National had an excellent discussion of Derrida and deconstruction.

Why we have Eureka moments. The Vision Revolution blog has a piece that looks at instant inspiration.

The Neurocritic covers a study on the neuroscience of being turned off by porn.

Sports results can affect election results, according to a study covered by Not Exactly Rocket Science. Which explains a great deal about the UK.

One Comment

  1. rita
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    That “Time” article is dire – it even ends up with the pious hope that we are well guided by our unconscious motivations – which I think is extrememly doubtful – no evidence is provided for this doubtful idea, either.


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