Spike activity 11-07-2014

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

Your Brain Is On the Brink of Chaos. Nautilus has an interesting piece on chaos the and the brain.

Neuroskeptic has a good Q&A with Zach Mainen, one of the originators of the NeuroFuture open letter demanding reform of the Human Brain Project.

There’s an open-access special issue on epilepsy in the latest edition of Nature.

The New York Times has a good piece on developments towards brain implants for cognitive enhancement.

Phantom limb pain tortures amputees and puzzles scientists. A man in Cambodia cycles round the country and treats it with mirrors. Excellent Mosaic Science piece.

Practical Ethics has an excellent piece on ‘tidying up psychiatry’.

Searching for the “Free Will” Neuron. Interesting piece from MIT Tech Review.

PLOS has launched a neuroscience channel.

Adults, like children, have a tendency to think vision is more informative than it is. Interesting piece on our understanding of what we understanding though looking from the BPS Research Digest

The Toast has what seems to be the first ever first-person account of Cotard’s delusion, the belief that you’re dead, in someone who experienced intense psychosis.

4 Comments

  1. Cuthbert
    Posted July 13, 2014 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    The last link is broken. The Toast article is at

    http://the-toast.net/2014/06/25/perdition-days-experiencing-psychosis/

  2. Any Holden jones
    Posted July 13, 2014 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    We dramatize the mirrored technique for phantom limb in ep 5 of Black Box on abc. Free will is the theme of episode 8. Our show tries to put the latest brain science into entertainment on network tv. All cases are based on actual neurological patients. Inspiration often comes from articles you post. Thank you.

  3. immortaldarkphoenix
    Posted July 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I can’t handle the word ‘free’ and ‘control’ being thrown around at the same time!

    (of the technology review article)


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