2007-10-05 Spike activity

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

Frederick Frese, legendary Professor of Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry, discusses his life with schizophrenia.

Mathematical modelling of movement finds clear differences between people with and without depression, reports The Economist.

The Moustrap covers a study finding that the brain shows similarities in the way that it handles tunes that violate our expectations of melody, and words that violate our expectations of sentences.

Is Alzheimer’s disease a form of diabetes? A striking hypothesis based on new findings in brain physiology.

The New York Times reports on a new study finding that cognitive behavioural therapy is likely to be a key treatment for depressed children and adolescents.

Retrospectacle discusses the curious case of Phineas Gage.

Britain’s youngest female brain surgeon, Dr (Ms?) Gelareh Zadeh, 35, introduces day-patient neurosurgery to the NHS.

A fantastic child psychology triple bill:

1) Cognitive Daily has another wonderful try-it-yourself article: Infants perceive language sounds differently by age 6 months.

2) Are infants born with a spider detection mechanism? Mixing Memory continues the child psychology theme.

3) Developing Intelligence finds that children produce less false memories with a method that has a strong effect in adults.

Has the digital word altered how the brain reads text? An article in the International Herald Tribune ponders the question.

I am not a number — I am a free man! Raymond Tallis argues that free will is not an illusion in Spiked Magazine.

Furious Seasons notes that drug company Bristol Myers Squibb pays $515 million to the US Department of Justice to settle a case over unauthorised ‘off-label’ promotion of its flagship antipsychotic medication.

Can we selectively reduce the impact of traumatic memories? SciAm’s Mind Matters blog investigates.

Three-Toed Sloth has an in-depth discussion of the debate over whether IQ is inherited. If you’re in a hurry, the summary is at the end.

PsyBlog critiques a recent dodgy news report suggesting that ‘conscientiousness’ may ward off Alzheimer’s.

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