2008-09-26 Spike activity

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

Cognitive Daily covers a sobering study on sex education that found “among sexually active teens, actual condom use bears no relationship to intention to use a condom or belief that using condoms is a good idea. The only factors in their study that correlate with using condoms are buying and carrying condoms”.

Neurologist Robert Burton discusses why voters tend not to change their when new facts emerge in an article for Salon.

Science News reports on an interesting study that maternal depression can increase the chances of depression in children independent of genetic influences.

A fascinating article on the use of genetics and light to investigate and control brain function has just been published by Scientific American.

The BPS Research Digest looks at a new study which exposes some holes in Libet’s classic free will study.

Neurophilosophy discovers a newly developed cyber-eye!

Research on near-death experiences is unlikely to find evidence that human consciousness can survive without a brain, says Susan Blackmore in The Guardian. Pope still Catholic says Vatican.

Channel N finds a fascinating video of how obesity ‘spreads’ through social networks.

Science Daily has a summary of a new study showing that perception of popularity can be equally as important than actual popularity in social success among teens.

Terrorist detecting ‘mind-reading‘ technology shows promise, reports New Scientist. That’s if promise means distinguishing between normal volunteers and those told to act deliberately suspiciously (presumably false beards, cackles etc).

Frontal Cortex has a wonderful discussion on the psychology of magical thinking.

Leading open-access science journal PLoS Biology has an article on ‘chandelier‘ neurons.

Newsweek has an in-depth, largely accurate but uninspiring article on cognitive neuroscience.

A wordy but rewarding essay in The New Atlantis takes a sceptical look at a new book that claims that neuroscience can help resolve the gaps between modern philosophy and everyday reasoning.

Philosophy Bites podcast interviews leading philosopher Barry Smith on how the latest discoveries in neuroscience are forcing conceptual changes in philosophy of mind.

US kids get prescribed 2-3 times as much Ritalin, Prozac and other ADHD meds and antidepressants as kids in Europe, reports Furious Seasons.

Advances in the History of Psychology is back and on fire!

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