Category Archives: Linkage

2014-01-17 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Wired magazine has an excellent profile of artificial intelligence bossman Geoff Hinton. Is it time we stopped ‘sectioning‘ people? Thought-provoking piece on the excellent Psychiatry SHO blog. The New York Times has an insightful piece on what the ‘marshmallow study’ really tells us about […]

2014-01-10 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Not-So-Sweet Home: The Persistence of Domestic Violence. Important piece from Nautilus. The Lancet discusses whether, once again, psychiatry is being used for political repression in Russia. Are we too keen to turn crime into a mental health issues? asks Spiked Online. Nature has an […]

2014-01-04 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: So Happy 2014 and all that. Let’s get on with it. Brain Watch has an excellent piece on 10 Surprising Links Between Hollywood and Neuroscience. Talking of Hollywood, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, inspiration for one of the great pulp movie posters of all […]

2013-12-27 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Mother Jones reports on a new study finding that political beliefs interfere with logical reasoning. Space in the brain: how the hippocampal formation supports spatial cognition. Excellent video introduction to Royal Society special edition. The New York Times discusses the science of depression and […]

2013-12-20 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The New York Times reports that information overlords Google acquire creature-inspired military robot outfit Boston Dynamics. Honestly. It’s like humanity is attached to a big angry dog and someone keeps yanking the chain. There’s an excellent and extensive MIT Tech Review piece on the […]

2013-12-13 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Beware the enthusiasm for ‘neuroeducation’ says Steven Rose in Times Higher Education. Lots of studies use oxytocin nasal sprays. You can buy it from websites. Neuroskeptic asks does it even reach the brain? Time magazine finds a fascinating AI telemarketer bot that denies it’s […]

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 […]

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