2009-11-20 Spike activity

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

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Neuroanthropology has an excellent piece on the late Lévi-Strauss and the development of the scientific study of cultural cognition and anthropology.

The Book of the Week in the Times Higher Education Supplement is ‘What Intelligence Tests Miss’.

Wired UK has a short but sensible piece on ‘how to tell if somebody is lying‘. In a nutshell, it’s more a statistical thing and there are no definite tell-tale signs.

There’s been some great posts on oxytocin during the last week or so over at Neurotopia.

New Scientist covers an interesting imaging study on the <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18150-signature-of-consciousness-captured-in-brain-scans.html
“>differences between conscious and unconscious visual processing. As usual, ignore the headline.

Did a lake trigger a deadly disease? The Boston Globe discusses how the rare Lytico-Bodig disease might have emerged in New Hampshire. More on Metafilter.

Not Exactly Rocket Science covers an ingenious study on how sounds during sleep can improve previously learnt spatial associations.

Stupid title. Ridiculous picture. Interesting study. BBC News do a badly packaged write-up of a imaging study on the influence of hypnosis on the brain’s ‘default state’.

The Boston Globe covers some intriguing research on links between the economy and religious belief – particularly, believing in hell.

The BlueBrain project have created a computer simulation with as many neurons as a cat brain, according to The Times. The project is simulating cortical column neurons – almost no media outlets understand that ‘as many neurons’ does not mean ‘as complex as’. No matter how many ankles you simulate, you still haven’t created an artificial human.

PsyBlog has an interesting piece on whether ‘mirroring’ or copying other people’s body movements increases liking. Warning: dodgy hypnosis conclusion at the end.

There’s an excellent Car Zimmer piece in Discover Magazine on the ‘math instinct‘.

The Boston Review has an article on the clash between religion and PTSD treatment in the US military.

A study on how infants’ behaviour influences how their carers interact with them is covered by the ever-excellent BPS Research Digest.

Bloomberg reports, to paraphrase, that AstraZeneca are in the shit. Judge rules that claims about Seroquel increasing the risk of diabetes can be examined in court.

Lab based cognitive assessment, meet your nemesis – ecological validity. Yahoo! News reports on US military psychology experiments that will try and predict risk factors for PTSD – apart from being in a war that is – which has been concistently shown to be the biggest predictor of trauma in soldiers.

Cognitive Daily reports on a study finding that men are more tolerant of same-sex peers than women.

An artistic is to trigger an epileptic seizure in herself as part of an art show, according to The Independent

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