2005-06-03 Spike activity

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


Review article from PLoS Medicine suggests schizophrenia is less prevalent than previously thought.

It seems to be artificial intelligence week:

1) The Yemen Times runs an article giving an introduction to AI.

2) An article on kuro5hin takes a critical look at the recent completion of a verbal analogy exam by an AI system.

3) AI seduces Stanford students reports Wired, although Stanford students seduce AI would be cooler.

An interview with the current director of the Kinsey Institute on sexual behaviour and sex research.

Paper on CogPrints on ‘A Psychedelic Neurochemistry of Time‘.

Researchers discover a map for smell in the brain.

The early stages of “early, intense romantic love may have more to do with motivation, reward and ‘drive’ aspects of human behavior than with the emotions or sex drive.”

Wired discusses the controversial use of cognitive neuroscience to design effective advertising – (Thanks Michal!).

Better educated women sleep more soundly, although the reverse is true for men. Coincidence ? I think not.

Spraying the hormone oxytocin into the nose makes people more trusting.

Article on Cognitive Daily examines research that suggests emotions don’t appear to affect trust when the person in question is a close friend, but play a strong role when the person is only an acquaintance.

Fantastic analysis of recent research showing cannabis may increase the risk of psychosis particularly in people with certain genes.

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