Spike activity 02-05-2014

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

All the amazing Dwayne Goodwin and Jorge Cham brain comics are collated in this one fantastic tumblr.

Not Exactly Rocket Science covers a fascinating study on how randomly distributed initial benefits can lead to long-term gains.

You Neanderthal! Why thank you madam. New Scientist on how there’s no good evidence that Neanderthals were any less intelligent than us.

The Lancet Psychiatry journal launches today. Which you probably mostly missed because it is locked behind a paywall picket fence. It does, however, have a freely available podcast that looks great.

The mythconception of the mad genius. Good article in Frontiers in Psychology challenging the idea that creativity and madness are linked.

Scientific American Mind on surprising connections between words and the sense of motion through space. Which is why I always sound like a drunk salsa dancer when I talk.

The trouble with sex. ABC Radio National’s Philosopher’s Zone asks why philosophy has a hot and cold relationship to sex.

Forbes cover the FDA crackdown on autism quackery.

One Comment

  1. Posted May 7, 2014 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the mention, Vaughan: but I’m not sure why you say that The Lancet Psychiatry preview issue is “locked behind a paywall”. It’s not. It’s all free at http://www.lancet.com/psychiatry – you just need to register an email address. Similarly, the preview flip book (click on the “preview issue” tab in the Tools menu to the right) can also be downloaded for free. Hope this fixes the problem, and that you enjoy the issue!


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