2008-02-01 Spike activity

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

Best Life magazine has probably one of the most sensible articles I’ve yet come across on back pain. Another good read by Jonah Lehrer, who you may know from the Frontal Cortex blog.

Morons and Idiots Buy a Brain! Omni Brain finds an odd hip-hop video that encourages us to purchase a new cerebrum.

Sharp Brains has a fantastic review of its most popular recent articles.

Mobile phones disrupt sleep (lectures, movies, funerals).

The San Francisco Chronicle discusses the new exhibits at the SF Exploratorium that allow you to watch your own mind at work.

People use the internet to confirm their pre-existing beliefs. So, no different from any other source of information then.

SciAm discusses ‘evolutionary economics‘ and what it tells us about how we reason about money.

A fantastically comprehensive article on the treatment of multiple sclerosis made it to the front page of Wikipedia this week.

Cognitive Daily has an article on the cognitive psychology of film. Interestingly, in the Richard Gregory talk I linked to the other day, he notes very little is known about how we comprehend film across shots. This post covers exactly this process!

This history of theories about mind over medical matters and the psychology of illness is covered in an article from Slate.

BBC News reports on a new study that has found that world-wide, the risk of depression peaks at 44, except in America.

The Wall Street Journal look at studies that cite head injuries as a factor in antisocial behaviour, offending and other social ills.

Salon has a polemic piece on antidepressants and the ‘medicalisation of misery’.

A special infrared hat that cures Alzheimer’s? Respectful Insolence has a rightly sceptical look at the odd contraption.

The Phineas Gage Fan Club discusses a recent study showing suggesting that sleep ‘disconnects’ the brain’s emotional circuits.

National Geographic has a fun and beautiful interactive brain demo.

An article in The Atlantic argues that multitasking is dumbing us down and driving us crazy.

Frontiers in Neuroscience is a new open-access neuroscience journal. Bravo!

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