Spike activity 27-06-2014

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

Slate has a piece on developmental psychology’s WEIRD problem. Most kids in child psychology studies are from very restricted social groups – rich, educated families.

Facebook manipulated stories in users’ newsfeeds to conduct experiments on emotional contagion. Don’t remember signing the consent form for the study that appeared in PNAS?

Time covers the massive prevalence of PTSD among US veterans. The Pentagon’s PTSD treatments “appear to be local, ad hoc, incremental, and crisis-driven” with no effective evaluation.

Excellent analysis of a new study: FDA’s antidepressant warning didn’t actually backfired and cause more suicides. Neuroskeptic on the case.

Time magazine has an interesting piece on the under-reported problem of violence in women.

Interesting National Geographic piece about how new finds of human skull bones show even more complexity in the evolution of human and hominid species.

Slate has a piece on how that a lot of zoo animals are on antipsychotics because they become mentally ill when enclosed.

One Comment

  1. Posted July 1, 2014 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Cool links as usual, especially the Slate article. I’m not sure mental illness is the best term for wildlife, as it’s a psychology term. I’d maybe qualify it as captive illness, a kind of dysphoria.

    With our dependence on small shelters it would be almost impossible to relate to feeling at home somewhere “big and scary” like the ocean or wilderness. So most of us with maybe the exception of the Mars One victims will never feel that level of disconnect. The Slate article explains this perfectly with the example of the burrowing owls and the accompanying sign.

    The Gabriela Cowperthwaite film was probably the first one to bring attentinon to this in a successful and entertaining way. Zoos are now making the claim that they provide vital conservation through education of visitors and breeding of captive species, neither of which is even remotely true.


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