Spike activity 28-03-2014

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

Can charisma and leadership be taught? Matter looks at the history of ‘charm consultants’.

Mental health stigma: where’s my cheesecake? A piece on the Brain Flapping discusses how people react when you’re depressed.

Science News has an odd story about how 1 in 68 American 8-year-olds are diagnosed with autism and this shows how diagnosis is ‘working well’. No mention of diagnostic inflation.

The inimitable Ed Yong does a fantastic TED talk on mind-controlling parasites.

The New Yorker discusses how artificial intelligence is being applied to the board game Go.

You can’t dismiss brain imaging as just an academic gimmick. A sterling defence of fMRI in The Conversation.

The BBC has an excellent piece on the legacy of the treatment of ‘shell shock’ during the First World War on mental health.

What does it mean to say that your mind and brain are ‘at rest‘? Interesting piece in The Guardian.

Digital Trends discusses a tiny implanted brain chip for brain-computer interfaces.

Why Light Inspires Ritual. Interesting anthropological piece in Nautilus.

2 Comments

  1. Posted March 31, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    “You can’t dismiss brain imaging as just an academic gimmick.”

    Absolutely agree, however I think many neuroscientists, or students studying to become, abuse the conclusions based off this form of evidence.

  2. Jimi
    Posted April 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    “Can charisma and leadership be taught?”

    Check out Bob Thatcher’s work on EEG signatures of effective leaders. The implications for EEG biofeedback are interesting enough to have attracted some major business schools.


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