2011-02-25 Spike activity

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

Bad Science looks at how we can fool ourselves and others using security and detection technology.

Cell Phones Are Somehow Related To The Brain. Thank you Neuroskeptic for a decent look at the ‘mobile phones affect the brain’ story that made the headlines this week.

SoundCheck from WYNC radio had an excellent piece on music and the brain recently with musician and neuroscientist Dan Levitin.

How well can we communicate emotions purely through touch? The BPS Research Digest touches on a wonderful study.

Wired has a podcast about the battles of the upcoming revision to American psychiatry’s DSM diagnostic manual.

An excellent piece on Neuroanthropology covers new research challenging the idea of the recently evolved ‘modern‘ human.

The Guardian has a piece on motivations behind ‘designer vagina’ plastic surgery that starts with a sensationalist headline not supported by the article.

There’s a thoughtful but all-too-spiky response by The Last Psychiatrist to an important Jonah Lehrer article on the scientific ‘decline effect’ published recently in The New Yorker.

Time magazine asks whether the concept of sex addiction is a ‘real disease or a convenient excuse’.

A typically excellent piece on Providentia on Andre Bloch – mathematician in the asylum.

The Washington Post heralds another new movie based on the “drug-influenced, paranoid worldview” of Philip K. Dick.

Is romantic love a cultural illusion? A brilliant Neurocritic piece that examines the concept of love from cultural ideas to brain function.

Time magazine asks whether emergency bans on ‘legal highs’ can hinder legitimate drug development.

Does anger convey competence? asks Barking Up the Wrong Tree. Fortunately for lots of self-important bosses, it seems it does.

The Guardian reports that the UK government’s behavioural economics “Nudge Unit” hasn’t convinced anyone to use its ideas yet.

There’s a beautiful scanning electron close-up of the human cerebral cortex over at Neuro Images.

The New York Times discusses peak fertility in women and a curious new twist to the usual ‘most attractive time of the month’ story.

There’s a genuinely interesting consideration of Twitter and the psychology of private speech over at The Child in Time blog.

One Comment

  1. Emmy
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks for that nice list. I remember some tiff between Levitin and Pinker, re: the evolutionary connection to music. I think I’m siding with Pinker on the auditory cheesecake issue.

    GREAT article from Child in Time blog. (Imaginary friends are nice too). Seriously though, a friend of mine, English professor, and I were just discussing how we both overuse parentheses. One writer thinks that most of what is written that way is useless information.

    Now that I’ve read the article, I wonder if parentheses serve as a kind of written private speech.


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