Category Archives: Linkage

2013-12-06 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: C-List celebrity is photographed with a psychology book in her hand and New York Magazine is all over it like Glenn Greenwald with an encrypted harddrive. The New York Times covers a Dutch scheme to get alcoholics working by paying them in beer. Scheme […]

2013-11-29 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Science News reports on a ‘brain training’ app that actually seems to be a data gathering tool for big data neuropsychology research. Interesting if not a bit ethically dubious. The US Military’s science wing DARPA wants to fix broken brains and restore lost memories. […]

2013-11-23 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Prosthetics to replace amputated hands can fall into the uncanny valley reports Science News. The New York Times covers the nascent science of female aggression. Can gambling machines prevent addiction? asks Scientific American Mind. Answer: of course. Will they? No. NPR has an excellent […]

2013-11-09 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The worst neurobollocks infographics on the web – found by the neurobollocks blog. The symptoms of cyberchondria. Only Human covers an interesting study on online hypochondria. The Chicago Reader has a profile of razor-sharp psychologist and voice-hearer Nev Jones. The trials and benefits of […]

2013-11-01 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Alcohol, Sleep, and Why You Might Re-think that Nightcap. Gaines, On Brains on why booze isn’t the best sleep promoter. The Verge reports on the shocking state of evidence in disaster response psychology. A neuroscience study on a patient in a coma-like vegetative state […]

2013-10-25 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Excellent Nature article on the real impressive science behind the ‘fMRI mind reading’ studies that hit the headlines in unhelpful ways. The I Have a Therapist campaign aims to destigmatise seeing a therapist. IEEE Spectrum magazine has a piece on the next world’s strongest […]

2013-10-18 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Is America Less Mentally Healthy Than A Chilean Jail? asks Neuroskeptic. BPS Research Digest had a special series of articles on people with exceptional abilities such as super calculators, super recognisers and super agers. Social psychologists say war is not inevitable – according to […]

2013-10-11 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: New series of BBC Radio 4′s excellent internet and society programme The Digital Human started this week. Scientific American cover surprising sex differences in migraine which seem to be almost ‘different diseases’ in men and women. Post-traumatic stress reactions in survivors of the 2011 […]

2013-05-31 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: A video of a brain surgery patient playing guitar during the procedure. Theatre nurse on drums. The Guardian has an excellent piece on ‘appreciating the politics of psychiatry’. Hints of Viennese wood and iodine with a curiously bitter aftertaste. “Yesterday, I read a paper […]

2013-05-03 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: I can’t recognise my own face! In my case, it’s because the Botox has worn off but for person described in the New Scientist article it’s because of prosopagnosia. The Guardian reports that the UK Government’s ‘Nudge Unit’ is set to become a commercial […]

Mind and brain podcast radio rush

Several new mind and brain radio series have just started in the last few weeks and all can be listened to online. The two ‘All in the Minds’ have just started a new series. BBC Radio 4′s All in the Mind has just started a new series with the first programme including end-of-the-world hopefuls and […]

2013-04-27 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Psychiatry needs its Higgs boson moment says and article in New Scientist which describes some interesting but disconnected findings suggesting it ‘aint going to get it soon. Wall Street Journal has an overenthusiastic article on how advances in genetics and neuroscience are ‘revolutionizing’ our […]

A new horizon of sex and gender

If you only listen to one radio programme this week, make it the latest edition of BBC Radio 4′s Analysis on the under-explored science of gender. The usual line goes that ‘sex is biological while gender is social’ – meaning that while genetics determines our sex, how masculine or feminine we are is determined by […]

2013-03-08 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Brain freeze from a slurpee was blamed for a five car pile up in Texas according to Jalopnik. Salon takes a nuanced look at hook-up culture. It’s a culture? I thought it was a hobby. Housewives, tranquilliser use and the nuclear family in Cold […]

2013-03-01 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Providentia overs the curious history of Japan’s suicide volcano. Skepticism about ‘social priming’ is driven by a long-history of doubt about subliminal priming of behaviour. Good piece on Daniel Simons’ Blog. The New York Times has an amazing video about technology to enhance the […]

2013-02-22 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The Lancet asks how we can help children cope with trauma? The unfortunate answer is we don’t really know. “If you don’t share my beliefs, it’s because your brain isn’t working properly”. Excellent piece on the ‘defective brain’ fallacy from the Cultural Cognition Project […]

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