2013-11-29 Spike activity

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

Science News reports on a ‘brain training’ app that actually seems to be a data gathering tool for big data neuropsychology research. Interesting if not a bit ethically dubious.

The US Military’s science wing DARPA wants to fix broken brains and restore lost memories. Interview with deputy director in Science.

Wired Science launches a new neuroscience blog called Brain Watch written by Mind Hacks alumnus Christian Jarrett.

Important piece in Nature about the Many Labs Project which did a mass replication of psychology studies find 10 out of 13 held up.

Slate has an excellent, explicit discussion of the results from the UK’s National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles.

Neurobonkers has an excellent piece reviewing the psychological biases that affect forensic science analyses.

Robots, the ‘uncanny valley’ and identity. Interesting piece in The Telegraph.

The Las Vegas Sun reports on a couple being released from prison after 21 years as evidence for ‘ritual satanic abuse’ based on ‘recovered memories’ and un-validated physical examinations is deemed to be flawed.

A new NeuroPod podcast has hit the wires – this one being a special from the 2013 Society for Neuroscience conference.

Discover magazine reports on a study finding that surprisingly, the more two negotiators match each other’s language styles, the worse things are likely to go.

One Comment

  1. Posted December 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Hm. Interesting article, I always thought the “uncanny valley” experience was related to a revulsion of disease. That’s what fleshy robotic figures remind me of, anyway. Human skin that’s not quite right. “Hyper realism” in paintings is like that too. The objects look alive.


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