2007-09-14 Spike activity

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

Female drug reps turn up surprisingly often as contestants on reality TV. Likely due to the fact that pharma companies make a point of hiring persuasively beautiful young women, such as cheerleaders and beauty queens.

Review of Pinker’s new book slams ‘The Edifice of Pinkerism‘. What a great name for a metal band!

BBC News reports on a randomised controlled trial that found that common food additives increase levels of hyperactivity in children.

Also from BBC News, depression associated with worse overall health.

The New York Times looks at some recent studies which show shown a small but significant link between the reduction in antidepressant prescribing and increase in youth suicide. Other data is more mixed, however.

Yahoo! News has a remarkably in-depth article on the difficulties of US soldiers returning home with brain injuries.

The Wilson Quarterly has a review of ‘Second Nature: Brain Science and Human ¬≠Knowledge’ by neurobiologist Gerald M. Edelman.

Delusional social networkers: A study I did a while ago gets picked up by Three Toed Sloth.

The Menstrual Joy Questionnaire: The Guardian takes a look at one of the more curious corners of psychology research.

SciAm Mind Matters discusses ‘Saying no to yourself: the neural mechanisms of self-control‘.

Interesting reading pattern discovered: When reading, each eye is focused on a different letter for approximately 50% of the time.

The LA Times has more on Elyn Saks, a successful law professor who lives with schizophrenia.

Scientists Spot Brain’s ‘Free Willy‘ Center. Just the title made me laugh out loud. More from Neurocritic on the neuroscience of free will.

The technique is new, but the finding isn’t: 3D face scans show distinctive facial structure for certain genetic syndromes. Media mangle the science, scientist loses his rag.

AddictionInfo has a section of articles on the history of the ‘disease model‘ of addiction.

ScienceDaily with the rather optimistic headline ‘brain network related to intelligence identified’.

Brief description of Capgras Syndrome in the NYT. Contrary to the author’s surprise it’s actually fairly common in older people with dementia and psychosis.

PsychCentral lists the Top 10 bipolar blogs.

Charity Autism Speaks created the traumatic ‘Autism Every Day’ advert. Some people with autism reply with the sardonic ‘Neurotypicalism Every Day’ video.

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