Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:
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Seed Magazine has a video discussion between linguist Noam Chomsky and sociologist Robert Trivers on the use of language in deception. Predictably political in places.
Great piece from Not Exactly Rocket Science on a study showing that believers tend to think God thinks the same as they do – ‘His’ beliefs change when theirs do.
Edge has a fascinating talk on consciousness but seem not to realise they are becoming a self-parody: “Edge organized a Reality Club meeting at The Hotel Ritz in Paris to allow neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene to present his new theory on how consciousness arises in the brain to a group of Parisian scientists and thinkers.”
A randomised-controlled trial of a behavioural programme reported in New Scientist finds early intervention in autism improves social skills and increases IQ later on. To be widely publicised by Jenny McCarthy. Oh no, my mistake.
Dr Petra’s blog was five years old the day after Mind Hacks. She has a fantastic review of the many highlights.
There’s a fascinating piece on portrayals of neurosyphilis in the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry. I never knew Conan Doyle did his doctoral thesis on syphilis.
The BPS Research Digest has an interesting piece on cultural differences in how we justify career changes.
The Guardian kicks off a tongue-in-cheek evolutionary psychology agony aunt column.
A study on how watching lots of crime shows on TV skews perception of society is covered by Neuronarrative.
BBC News has video of a neurally controlled robotic <a href="Robotic hand
We have difficulty understanding what influences our own judgements, according to a classic experiment covered by PsyBlog.
Wired UK has a piece discussing the expanding drone war in Afghanistan.
I found an odd 1941 article from Time magazine on a psychiatrist teaching magic tricks to patients so they “can become the life of the party”.
Cognition and Culture has a thought-provoking piece by anthropologist Pascal Boyer on why we have death and mourning rituals.
An activist gets GlaxoSmithKlein to stop distributing a leaflet promoting the ‘low serotonin causes depression’ nonsense in Iceland. An interesting episode covered by Neuroskeptic.
New Scientist has a piece on how people with depression show differences in visual discrimination. As always, ignore the headline.
Loneliness is transmittable from person to person, according to a study covered by the Washington Post.
Science News reports that street drug ecstasy is linked to an increase in sleep apnea – temporary stops in breathing during sleep.
A study on our memory for what we’ve told to whom – ‘destination memory‘, is covered by The New York Times. Not sure this isn’t just a variation on source memory, but an interesting article.
Medical News Today reports on a study finding that Facebook profile better reflect your actual personality than your desired personality.