2007-07-13 Spike activity

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

For Certain Tasks, the Cortex Still Beats the CPU. Completely banal title obscures quite an interesting article on ‘human processing‘ in computer tasks.

Research suggests the biggest influence on how responsive we feel our partners are is actually how we respond to our partners.

The Washington Post reports on research linking the decline in criminal activity to a reduction in environmental lead poisoning.

People with autism do <a href="http://sciencenews.org/articles/20070707/fob4.asp
“>far better in certain non-verbal cognitive tests than you might expect from their IQ. Actually, similar findings, showing an advantage for visuospatial tasks, have been reported before.

CNN reports that antidepressants are the most prescribed drugs in U.S.

Dr Jerome Groopman writes in The New York Times about the cognitive biases that can lead to medical errors.

More on the ‘disease model’ of addiction: Dr Nora Volkow talks about the neuroscience of addiction on an NPR radio special.

Can nicotine be modified to make a useful cognitive enhancer? Wired investigates.

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