2006-12-15 Spike activity

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

The psychology of conjuring is pondered by medical ethicist and semi-professional magician Dr Daniel Sokol.

Moral mazes and human cognition are investigated by The Mouse Trap.

The Guardian has a short article on a case of focal dystonia (localised muscle spasms) caused specifically by praying. The medical journal has a video in mpg format online.

Mixing Memory suggests a candidate for the coolest experiment ever. And it is pretty cool.

Baby psychotherapy. WTF?

Marvin Minksy and Daniel Dennett discuss emotion and artificial intelligence.

The New York Times has a weird interview with neuropsychiatrist Dr. Louann Brizendine on her new book ‘The Female Brain’.

The cognitive neuroscience of alexythimia, a condition where people can’t describe their emotions, is tackled by The Neurocritic.

A new study attempting to capture the neuroscience of why laughter is infectious is covered by Nature.

The quantum mechanics of smell. How cool is that?

BBC News reports that the first ‘brain bypass’ operation is performed in the UK.

Cognitive Daily examines the experimental psychology of buying people the right presents.

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