2010-10-08 Spike activity

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

New York Magazine has an excellent article on the psychology of why people confess to crimes they didn’t commit.

The ever-incisive Neuroskeptic covers a fascinating study on retaliation and cycles of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Technology Review covers the launch of a massive new ‘connectome‘ project to map the connections of the brain on a massive scale.

Is there any evidence for the “porn-addicted brain”? Neurocritic hits it out of the park, if you’ll excuse the expression, with a great critical piece.

The New York Times covers how antipsychotics became some of the biggest selling drugs on the planet on the back of dodgy marketing and illegal sales practices. The lawsuits are now raining down.

A new 3D film by Werner Herzog on what the Chauvet cave paintings tell us about the mind of the creators gets a great write-up on The Beautiful Brain.

The Philosopher’s Zone had a fantastic discussion on the ‘extended mind hypothesis’.

Some excellent coverage of the recent ‘genetics of ADHD’ study and why genes are not a good answer to the stigma of mental illness over at Bad Science.

The Times has an excellent piece on the hidden dangers of ‘black box research’ where high-level algorithms shape our view of the world without us understanding what they’re doing. The article is paywalled but the author, Aleks Krotoski, has put a full version online.

Best forensic psychology blog on the net, In the News, discusses a radical proposal to apply ad-hoc ethics to managing violent sexual offenders.

The Dana Foundation has an excellent piece on what makes some people more vulnerable to stress and trauma than others.

How to form a habit. A truly fascinating piece from the BPS Research Digest – “the average time to reach peak automaticity was 66 days”.

The Economist reports on a new device for paralysed patients that allows them to communicate by sniffing.

Christine O’Donnell says scientists have made “mice with fully functioning human brains”. Wiring the Brain sardonically investigates this blinding scientific insight.

Scientific American Mind has a great piece on how researchers are measuring the beating of the heart to understand the mind.

Remind me to read Dan Ariely’s blog more often, it’s bloody brilliant. In this post there’s a copy of one of Hitler’s voting papers with a behavioural economics style nudge.

The New Yorker asks what we can learn about the mind from studying procrastination.

The history of ADHD is covered in a fantastic piece by the Child’s Play blog which is just getting better and better.

American Scientist has an in-depth review of the ‘Invisible Gorilla’ book on change blindness which looks very good.

There’s some fantastic coverage of the high cannibidiol, low memory impact cannabis study over at the mighty Addiction Inbox.

CNN has a great interview with Michael J. Fox on life and Parkinson’s disease.

Is epigenetics the fashionable new all-purpose woolly scientific explanation? asks a great post on Gene Expression.

The New York Times has an article exploring how memory biases lead us to think that are failings were in the distant past while our successes were only recent.

Diffusion Spectrum Imaging brain scans are really beautiful.

New Scientist covers the discovery of tattoos on an ancient Peruvian mummy that seemed to have a healing purpose.

The recent story on ‘the pill is changing women’s brains’ story is made coherent by a great post on Neurotic Physiology. Hint: the menstrual cycle has a similar effect.

Time has a fantastic piece marking the 30th anniversary of a newspaper report about an 8-year-old heroin addict that won the Pullitzer Prize – and was subsequently revealed as a fake.

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Providentia has the low down.

The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating piece on how women are more likely to be rewarded at work if they’re thin, men as they rise in weight up to the point of 207 pounds! NB: Correlation, causation etc etc.

4 Comments

  1. Posted October 9, 2010 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    “The New York Times covers how antipsychotics…” is one of the creepiest expose articles on the psych quack doctors getting rich from kickbacks while kids and old people are misdiagnosed and mind controlled.

  2. cavall de quer
    Posted October 9, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    “often skewering their past judgment.” (NYT on memory): one for “Politics and the English Language”, there. I suppose they meant “skewing”?

  3. Posted October 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    These are terrific finds, great resources. I’ve been diagnosed at age 40 with Adult ADHD and I subscribe to your site to find articles about it.
    Thanks,
    Mungo

  4. Kimeros
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    Small suggestion from a web professional interested in psych – Make your linked words relevant.

    For instance, make the link from “retaliation and cycles of violence” instead of just from the word “cycle”. People skim your articles (especially a list like this) from link to link to see what they might be interested in. A link called cycle doesn’t give them the info they need to make that decision.


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