Category Archives: Linkage

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 […]

2013-02-14 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: “Ever since I learnt about confirmation bias I’ve started seeing it everywhere”. Genius line from a Jon Ronson blog post. The Dana Foundation research showing the genetic risk for psychiatric conditions can be seen early in development. The fantastic Neuroskeptic blog has moved to […]

2013-02-08 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The New York Times covers the recent upsurge of robots-taking-over-the-world anxiety. To the bunkers! The dodgy practice of psychologists trying to patent therapeutic techniques is covered by Neuroskeptic. The Humanist discusses the explosion of the unhelpful concept of sex addition. Forensic psychology nerds: In […]

2013-02-01 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Do amusing titles affect the perception of research? Some initial findings from Rolf Zwaan. The New York Times celebrates fifty years of The Feminine Mystique. Feminist classic or Britney album? You decide. Humans are flocking everywhere notes Wired Science. With a particular flocking tendency […]

2013-01-25 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The interesting concept of a ‘possession trance disorder’ diagnosis is discussed by Neurocritic. BBC News video reports on how Brazil is considering a law to forcibly remove crack addicts from the street into rehab. Goodbye PDD-NOS, hello Social Communication Disorder. A sneaked-out DSM-5 change […]

2012-01-18 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Yes, it’s the return of Spike Activity. As I no longer spend time in the jungle (no not that one) and 140 characters are just not enough for respectable levels of sarcasm, the weekly roundup is back. Cross-dressing meth priest liked sex in rectory, […]

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 23,056 other followers