Category Archives: Linkage

Spike activity 22-01-2016

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The New Yorker covers the shifting sands of autism in light of recent books that have rethought the history of the condition. Brian Resnick at Vox asked twenty psych researchers: What do you hate about science journalism? Lots of good stuff. Science reports big […]

Spike activity 15-01-2016

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The New York Times has a brilliant piece on the non-scandal around sociologist Alice Goffman that’s also a reflection on sociology itself. There’s a fascinating piece on ‘super forecasters‘ – people who seem to have an exceptional ability to judge the outcome of future […]

Spike activity 08-01-2016

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The State of Texas now allows guns in state-run psychiatric hospitals, according to the Statesman. I am genuinely lost for words. Sifting the Evidence has an excellent piece on the science behind the UK’s new lowered alcohol intake recommendations. Scale Invariance: A Cautionary Tale […]

Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange

Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange is a question and answer forum for Cognitive Science. The Stack Exchange model works well for computer programming and now cogsci.stackexchange.com is one of the 150+ sites in their family, which includes topics as diverse as academia, mythology and pets. There’s a dedicated community of people answering questions and voting on […]

Spike activity 18-12-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: 12% of women have eyes with four colour-detecting cone cells instead of three. Why don’t they all have superhuman colour vision? Fascinating piece from great new blog Neurosphere. The BMJ has a genuine but wonderfully sarcastic fMRI study on a Christmas spirit network in […]

Spike activity 04-12-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Sleep Paralysis’ Demons: Influenced by Culture and Fed by Our Fears. Interesting piece at Brain Decoder. The Telegraph has an excellent piece on artist Alice Evans, her work and her experience of schizophrenia. What we can learn about the latest epidemic of opioid drug […]

Spike activity 20-11-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Wired has a good brief piece on the history of biodigital brain implants. Why are conspiracy theories so attractive? Good discussion on the Science Weekly podcast. The Wilson Quarterly has a piece on the mystery behind Japan’s high child suicide rate. The Dream Life […]

Spike activity 13-11-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The Weak Science Behind the Wrongly Named Moral Molecule. The Atlantic has some home truths about oxytocin. Neurophilosophy reports on some half a billion year old brains found preserved in fool’s gold. An Illuminated, 5,000-Pound Neuron Sculpture Is Coming to Boston. Boston magazine has […]

Spike activity 06-11-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: If you only read one thing this week, make it the excellent critical piece on the concept of an ‘autism spectrum’ in The Atlantic. Nature reports that the controversial big bucks Human Brain Project has secured another three years’ funding. Giant all-knowing neurotron brain […]

Spike activity 23-10-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: MP tricked into condemning a fake drug called ‘Cake’ on Brass Eye has been put in charge of scrutinising drugs policy in the UK Parliament, reports The Independent. What starts as satire is so often reborn as policy. Narratively takes a look at the […]

Spike activity 09-10-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: How much can you really learn while you’re asleep? Interesting piece that looks at what the research genuinely tells us in The Guardian. Comedian John Oliver takes on mental health in America with a segment which is both funny and sharp. Neuroecology has an […]

Spike activity 02-10-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The madness of Charlie Brown. The Lancet has a wonderful article on Lucy, Charlie Brown’s local psychiatrist. The Atlantic has an excellent piece on new research showing neurons have different genomes. Mexico’s 13-year-old psychologist is amazing, reports USA Today. Sí, es. PLOS Neuro has […]

Spike activity 25-09-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Science has a fascinating piece on how cultures developed words for numbers – many languages don’t have words for numbers above five. The majority illusion. The social illusion covered by Tech Review where something can seem socially common despite being rare in the overall […]

Spike activity 18-09-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: GlaxoSmithKline straight-up lied about teen suicide attempts in a trial that was used to convince regulators that Paxil was safe for kids. In-depth from the BMJ. Good summary from The Atlantic. The New York Times on basically the same shit from Johnson & Johnson […]

Spike activity 11-09-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Mental illness throughout the animal kingdom. Interesting piece from BBC Earth. The Guardian has an excellent in-depth article on scorpion venom as a way of identifying brain tumours during neurosurgery. There’s an excellent piece on the history of using deception in psychology studies over […]

Spike activity 04-09-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Go get your gramophonic digital podcast player and listen to this amazing BBC Radio 4 programme on how the social discussion of dreams has changed through history. The Atlantic on what Google’s trippy neural network-generated images tell us about the human mind. Ignore the […]

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