Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:
The fantastic Claudia Hammond explores the curious psychology of disgust on BBC Radio 4’s science programme Frontiers.
AI learns to play Ms Pac Man. Presumably, it will soon by driven insane by the annoying music.
To the bunkers! Charmingly wide-eyed transhumanists discuss the ‘singularity‘ – supposedly when computers will overtake the abilities of the human mind.
No really, to the bunkers! Israel intend to deploy an AI-controlled missile system that “could take over completely” from humans. Not that anyone would notice if it went bezerk I guess.
Dave Munger of the mighty Cognitive Daily reviews the new book by the Blakeslees on embodied cognition over at The Quarterly Conversation.
Which self-help books for depression do psychologists recommend for depression? PsyBlog looks at an interesting study on the most effective bibliotherapists.
A link between walking speed and mental quickness in the elderly is reported in an intriguing study covered by the BPS Research Digest.
The philosophy of friendship is discussed in a podcast from Philosophy Bites
Cognitive Daily examines the ‘remember / know‘ distinction, one of the most important ideas in long-term memory research.
The myth of the mid-life crisis? An article in The New York Times questions one of our most persistent cultural clich√©s.
The Frontal Cortex has an interesting meta-piece on whether neuroscience is being overly popularised.
Dr Pascale Michelon writes her first article as one of Sharp Brains expert contributors on neuroimaging and the ‘<a href="http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2008/01/23/looking-inside-the-brain-is-my-brain-fit/
Scientific American’s Mind Matters blog discusses how to create out of body experiences in the lab.
Immanuel Kant, or can he? Fragments of Consciousness has a great post on philosophy teams.